Tobacco Control Index Page

  • 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.
  • Youth Smoking Rates Stagnate
    November 14, 2013 - New data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that cigarette and cigar smoking rates among middle and high school youth are unchanged and that high school boys are smoking at higher rates than high school girls. This highlights the urgent need for the White House to release the proposed regulation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority over all tobacco products, including cigars, e-cigarettes, little cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah.
  • American Lung Association Supports Local Efforts to Promote “Tobacco-Free Living”
    October 28, 2013 - As part of the American Lung Association's commitment to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, the organization is funding five community-based initiatives with the goal of improving health equity in populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco use.
  • Study: Tobacco Industry Continues Success in Hooking Kids with Flavored Tobacco Products
    October 22, 2013 - More than 40 percent of middle and high school smokers are using flavored little cigars and cigarettes, according to a new study released today. While fruit- and candy-flavored products have long been a mainstay in the Big Tobacco playbook to addict kids and create life-long tobacco users, this new study also highlights how flavored tobacco products also work to discourage youth from quitting.
  • Mayor Emanuel Issues Bold Call to Action to FDA
    September 26, 2013 - Chicago Mayor Emanuel Issues Bold Call to Action to FDA. American Lung Association Welcomes Chicago Mayor’s Call for Aggressive Implementation of Tobacco Control Act.
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