Press Releases

  • America Lung Association to Release "State of the Air 2014" Report
    April 24, 2014 - The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 15th annual “State of the Air” report, a national air quality “report card” that grades counties and ranks cities across the nation based on their scores for ozone (sometimes called smog), year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) and short-term particle pollution levels.
  • Long Awaited FDA Proposal to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco Products is an Important Step Forward for Public Health
    April 24, 2014 - Today, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. The proposed regulation would give FDA basic oversight authority over these unregulated products and require manufacturers to register with FDA; disclose their products’ ingredients to the agency; and would prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims without FDA review. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.
  • American Lung Association Reinforces Awareness about High Risk of COPD in Women
    April 22, 2014 - The American Lung Association, with sponsorship support from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced a national, public re-release of Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women, a recent report exploring the unequal burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among women. COPD, a progressive lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is now 37 percent more prevalent among women than men. More than 7 million women in the United States are currently living with COPD and millions of others have the disease but have yet to be diagnosed, possibly due to the common misdiagnosis of asthma for the female COPD patient.
  • American Lung Association Interested In Hearing from Smoking Asthmatics
    April 15, 2014 - The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) is the largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to discovering effective treatment strategies for asthma. The network is currently recruiting asthmatic smokers for studies examining whether asthma control assessment measures and treatment options work as well in those who smoke.
  • Lung Association Applauds U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit Decision to Uphold Life-Saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
    April 15, 2014 - In response to the decision released today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to uphold the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants – a major clean air safeguard that would reduce the harm from hazardous air pollutants including mercury, lead, arsenic and acid gases – the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case) released the following statement.
  • Administration Officials, National Health Organizations Join in “Town Hall” with Health Leaders to Highlight Health Impacts of Air Pollution
    April 9, 2014 - Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, MD, MPH, joined health leaders from the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association and others in a national “town hall” conversation on the human health impacts of air pollution, including carbon pollution from power plants, and climate change. All agreed that the Clean Air Act has driven significant cleanup of major air pollution sources including vehicles and power plants. Yet, we must do more as a nation to protect the public from the continuing dangers of air pollution.
  • E-Cigarette Poisoning Cases on the Rise
    April 3, 2014
  • Leading Health Groups Urge President Obama to Release Proposal to Regulate Cigars, E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products
    April 1, 2014 - Six leading public health and medical organizations have asked President Obama to order the release of a critical public health proposal that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over all unregulated tobacco products. The proposal has been stalled in the White House Office of Management and Budget since October 1.
  • American Lung Association Welcomes New Methane Plan
    March 28, 2014 - We commend the Obama Administration for developing a strategy to curb methane air pollution, particularly from the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent climate forcing pollutant. Scientists warn that methane contributes to climate change and warmer average temperatures. Rising temperatures increase the risk of unhealthful ozone levels, because higher temperatures can enhance the conditions for ozone formation.
  • State Medicaid Programs Not Doing Enough to Help Smokers Quit
    March 27, 2014 - State efforts to help Medicaid enrollees who smoke fall woefully short of helping smokers quit, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study, which was led by the American Lung Association, also found that states are making it difficult for smokers enrolled in Medicaid to use their quit-smoking benefits. As a result, most states are missing a crucial opportunity to save lives and money by helping their smokers quit.
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