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  • On Fifth Anniversary of Landmark Tobacco Law, Leading Health Groups Call on FDA to Prioritize Three Actions to Accelerate Progress against Tobacco Use
    June 19, 2014 - Washington, DC (June 19, 2014)— On the fifth anniversary of the landmark 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products, 10 leading public health and medical organizations today commended the FDA for the steps it has taken to reduce tobacco use and called on the FDA and the Obama Administration to take three urgent and bold actions to accelerate progress.
  • CDC: Youth Cigarette Smoking at Lowest Level in 22 Years; Youth Cigar and Smokeless Tobacco Use Remain Stagnant
    June 12, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomes today’s results that find youth cigarette smoking has dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Part of this record low is attributable to a significant decrease in cigarette smoking among high school boys since 2011, from 19.9 percent to 16.4 percent, which is also the lowest level yet for this group. Lower cigarette smoking among youth directly translates into fewer people that will die from tobacco-caused disease.
  • Obama Administration Takes Critical Step to Help Smokers Quit and Save Lives
    May 2, 2014 - Today, the Obama Administration issued guidance on quit smoking benefits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This important announcement from the Departments implementing the ACA (Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury) clarifies what treatments insurance plans should cover for quitting smoking as part of their preventive services benefit. This guidance will help to ensure that employers and insurance plans are doing everything they can to get smokers they help they need to quit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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