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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Surgeon General’s 2014 Report: Tobacco Deadlier Than Ever
    January 17, 2014 - Smoking is even more deadly today than it was 50 years ago, according to the 32nd Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, which found that smoking now kills 480,000 Americans each year. The report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, confirmed smoking is responsible for more than 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths and 61 percent of all lung disease deaths.
  • Tobacco use is the number one killer - Political will is needed to end the epidemic
    January 16, 2014 - Fifty years after the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report, tobacco use is our nation’s number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Despite 50 years of progress, now is the time for political leaders at all levels of government to commit to ending the tobacco epidemic and saving lives.
  • Lung Cancer Rates Declining
    January 9, 2014 - The American Lung Association is pleased to see the decline in lung cancer rates reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this is good news, lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cancer killer.
  • American Lung Association and Other Leading Public Health Organizations Recognize 50th Anniversary of First Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health
    January 8, 2014 - Today, the American Lung Association joined other leading public health and medical organizations to commemorate the 50th anniversary, on Saturday January 11, of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. At the event, the organizations issued a call for a nationwide commitment to "make tobacco history" by ending the tobacco epidemic for good.
  • American Lung Association Shares Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2014
    December 17, 2013 - Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year's Resolution to quit in 2014. If this is your year to quit, The American Lung Association has five tips to help you along the way.
  • Fifteen Years after Tobacco Settlement, Report Finds Most States Continue to Shortchange Prevention Programs
    December 9, 2013 - Public health groups release new report showing 15 years after the tobacco settlement, most states shortchange prevention programs.
  • American Lung Association Recognizes 38th Great American Smokeout; Congratulates American Cancer Society
    November 19, 2013 - More than 43 million Americans smoke cigarettes, and seven out of ten smokers say they want to quit. Quitting smoking is hard, but with tools, support and a plan, smokers can successfully quit. We congratulate our allies at the American Cancer Society as they celebrate the 38th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21.
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