Tobacco Control Index Page

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • COPD Awareness Month: Lung Association Report Shows Women at Greater Risk of COPD
    November 18, 2013 - Women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation. The American Lung Association’s health disparity report, “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women,” examines the nation’s third leading cause of death and its increased prevalence among women in the United States. For COPD Awareness Month this November the Lung Association is working to increase awareness of this disease and its impact on women.
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