Lung Disease Prevention Index Page

  • Medicare Will Cover Annual CT Scan for Individuals at High Risk for Lung Cancer
    November 10, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today its draft proposal to cover an annual low-dose CT scan for Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for developing lung cancer. Medicare defined high risk as individuals 55 to 74 years of age, with a smoking history of 30 pack years and have quit smoking within the last 15 years. The American Lung Association welcomes this proposal.
  • American Lung Association and WellPoint Collaborate to Help Educate About Childhood Asthma
    October 30, 2014 - WellPoint, Inc., (NYSE:WLP) one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, today announced it has worked with the American Lung Association to develop an informative learning series to help address childhood asthma.
  • Valerie Harper, Jewel, Kellie Pickler, Mackena Bell Raise Their Voices with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE in Support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    October 29, 2014 - As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.
  • American Lung Association Statement on Continued Cases of Enterovirus D68 Infection
    October 2, 2014 - Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a rare and potentially serious respiratory infection, continues to be a health concern across much of the United States. With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting confirmed cases in more than 40 states, it’s important to know the warning signs, when to seek medical help and how to prevent spread of the disease.
  • Making Government Subsidized Housing Smokefree Would Save Half a Billion Dollars Annually
    October 2, 2014 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease finds that making government subsidized housing in the U.S. smokefree would reduce healthcare and housing-related costs by $497 million each year. The savings would come from reduced healthcare costs attributed to secondhand smoke exposure; cost of renovating smoking units and fires caused by smoking. This study adds to the mounting list of reasons why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must act quickly to require all multi-family housing under its control be made smokefree.
  • New Study Shows Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Would Save Lives by Reducing Other Pollutants, Too
    September 30, 2014 - Strong limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants could improve air quality and prevent an estimated 3,500 premature deaths along with other significant benefits to human health, according to a new report released today from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston Universities. The new report, Co-benefits of Carbon Standards: Air Pollution Changes under Different 111d Options for Existing Power Plants, evaluates alternative approaches for reducing carbon pollution from power plants, and shows that limits must be strong, flexible and enforceable to achieve the greatest health benefits for the American people.
  • American Lung Association Award Recognizes Asthma Management Efforts in Schools
    September 11, 2014 - Seven schools in Texas and two in Massachusetts have been recognized by the American Lung Association for their efforts to create a school environment that is healthy and “asthma friendly.”
  • American Lung Association Statement on Recent Increase in Enterovirus D68
    September 9, 2014 - Several cases of enterovirus D68, a rare and serious respiratory infection, have been reported in the United States. Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68. Several other states are investigating cases of children with severe respiratory illness that could also be caused by enterovirus D68.
  • American Lung Association Congratulates CVS for Removing All Tobacco Products from CVS/pharmacy Stores
    September 3, 2014 - The American Lung Association applauds CVS for removing cigarettes and all tobacco products from all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. This is an important milestone for the health of the American people today and for generations to come.
  • Lung Association Says Americans Have a Right to Know When Ozone Pollution Reaches Unhealthy Levels
    August 29, 2014 - In response to the final Policy Assessment released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, Paul Billings, Senior Vice President of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
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