Press Releases

  • 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.
  • Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject Latest House Attempt to Block Clean Air Protections
    March 6, 2014 - The American Lung Association is disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed yet another bill that would block critical clean air protections. By a vote of 229 – 183, the House approved H.R. 3826, sponsored by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), which would block important new clean air protections limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The American Lung Association strongly urges the U.S. Senate to reject this bill and its companion S. 1905 sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
  • American Lung Association Applauds New Life-Saving Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards
    March 3, 2014 - Today the American Lung Association applauded the Obama Administration for issuing the final cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards, also known as the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards. By significantly reducing tailpipe pollution from motor vehicles, as well as sulfur content in gasoline, the national standards will result in cleaner air and improved public health for American communities.
  • 26 Leading Health Groups Call on Drug Stores and Other Retailers to Follow
    February 26, 2014 - Twenty-six of the nation’s leading public health and medical organizations today issued an open letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  • American Lung Association Welcomes President’s Announcement on New Truck Standards
    February 18, 2014 - Ensuring that heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks are the cleanest, most efficient vehicles on the road is an important step to reduce air pollution and protect public health. Reducing carbon pollution will help lessen the health impacts of climate change including unhealthful ozone smog.
  • American Lung Association Commends CVS Caremark's Bold Public Health Move to End Sales of Tobacco Products
    February 5, 2014 - The American Lung Association applauds CVS Caremark for boldly acting to remove tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S.
  • Henry A. Waxman is a True Lung Health Champion
    January 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association thanks Representative Henry A. Waxman for his four decades of championing the lung health of all Americans. Cleaner air, better health and fewer people smoking are just part of his tremendous lung health legacy.
  • Statement of Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association in Response to the State of the Union Address
    January 28, 2014 - Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association issued the following statement on the 2014 State of the Union address: “The American Lung Association looks forward to working with President Obama in 2014 to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.”
  • American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2014" Report Highlights Urgent Need for Nation to Renew Its Commitment to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease
    January 22, 2014 - Less than a week after the new Surgeon General's report on smoking and health which warns 5.6 million of today's youth will die from tobacco use unless action is taken, today the American Lung Association released its "State of Tobacco Control 2014," finding that the battle to reduce tobacco use has all but stalled. "State of Tobacco Control 2014" issues an urgent call to action to policymakers across the country to reverse their present course and commit to eliminating tobacco-caused death and disease.
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