Press Releases

  • Yosemite National Park "Ground Zero" For Deadly Hantavirus Outbreak
    September 4, 2012 - It has been reported recently that at least six visitors camping at Yosemite National Park were diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)—two of whom died. American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer Dr. Norman H. Edelman provides important information about this disease and how to prevent it.
  • New NEJM Study on Asthma Medication Reinforces Best Practice of Low-dose Treatment
    September 4, 2012 - According to a new study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine, children who use glucocorticoid inhalers to prevent asthma attacks may be on average one half-inch shorter as adults. Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, released a statement regarding the implications of this study.
  • New Study Just One More Reason for FDA to Regulate Cigars
    August 27, 2012 - The American Lung Association is deeply concerned by findings in a new study released today that show the use of flavored cigars among cigar smokers is highest in among young, poor, Hispanic, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) populations.
  • American Lung Association Urges Immediate Appeal of Ruling Against Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
    August 24, 2012 - Lung Association urges DOJ to appeal cigarette graphic warning labels case.
  • Court Decision to Vacate Cross State Rule Means Millions Will Continue to Suffer from 'Secondhand Smog'
    August 21, 2012 - Albert A. Rizzo, M.D., past chair of the American Lung Association’s national board of directors, calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to appeal the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to vacate the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule – a decision that tosses out lifesaving protections that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted in 2011.
  • American Lung Association Report Aims to Reduce Tobacco Use in Rural Communities
    August 15, 2012 - The American Lung Association’s latest health disparity report, “Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural America, particularly among rural youth.
  • American Lung Association, National Rural Health Association to Host Joint Press Conference
    August 13, 2012 - The American Lung Association and the National Rural Health Association host joint press conference to release the Lung Association’s latest health disparity report, “Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” on August 15, at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • American Lung Association Troubled by Trends in New CDC Study
    August 9, 2012 - The American Lung Association is troubled by the leveling off of tobacco use rates—especially for certain tobacco products—seen in a new study released today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Especially troubling is the fact that current rates of cigar and smokeless tobacco use—particularly among high school boys—appear to be headed in the wrong direction as they now nearly match the rates of cigarette smoking.
  • Media Alert: America Lung Association Releases "Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities"
    August 6, 2012 - The American Lung Association is releasing its latest health disparity report, "Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities," which examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural communities nationwide, particularly among rural youth.
  • New CDC Study Reveals Increase in Cigar Use
    August 2, 2012 - The American Lung Association is deeply troubled by the findings in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), “Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco, 2000-2011,” released today. The study shows that while cigarette use has declined 33 percent since 2000, the use of large cigars has increased 233 percent over this period.
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