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  • American Lung Association Urges Americans Take Three Steps to Better Asthma Control During Asthma Awareness Month
    May 5, 2014 - May is Asthma Awareness Month. Over 25 million Americans, including 7 million children, suffer from this chronic disease. Patients who take three simple steps will achieve better health.
  • American Lung Association “State of the Air 2014” Shows Half the U.S. Lives with Unhealthy Air
    April 30, 2014 - Nearly half of all Americans – more than 147 million – live in counties in the U.S. where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, according to the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report released today. The 15th annual national report card shows that while the nation overall continued to reduce particle pollution, a pollutant recently found to cause lung cancer, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern and a changing climate threatens to make it harder to protect human health. Especially alarming is that levels of ozone (smog), a powerful respiratory irritant and the most widespread air pollutant, were much worse than in the previous year’s report.
  • 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.
  • E-Cigarette Poisoning Cases on the Rise
    April 3, 2014
  • 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).
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