April 2019 Articles
Wildfires Changing the State of Our Air
When you think of Montana, you probably think of wide-open spaces, high plains, big sky country and presumably fresh, clean air. But the American Lung Association’s 20th annual “State of the Air” report finds something unexpected—increasing air pollution in the ”Big Sky Country.” The culprit? Wildfires driven by climate change.Related Topic: Healthy Air
What Is a Collapsed Lung?
Our lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen into the bloodstream and removing carbon dioxide from our bodies. Each lung expands like a balloon when we inhale air, but what happens if the balloon cannot inflate?Related Topic: Health & Wellness
Living with Sarcoidosis Just Got a Little Easier
Designed for individuals living with a chronic lung disease, the American Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs are in-person support groups led by a trained facilitator. The meetings feature technical presentations about pulmonary rehab and oxygen therapy as well as more relaxed discussions around the best ways to live day-to-day with a chronic lung disease. "But mainly we just sit around and laugh. In fact, we come 30 minutes early just to gossip!" said Debbie.Related Topic: Health & Wellness
Why We Need Strong Tobacco 21 Laws
Across the United States, we have seen towns, cities and states join the movement to increase the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years old. Tobacco 21 laws are popular, with Americans recognizing that these laws will help prevent our kids from starting to use tobacco products and save hundreds of thousands of lives if implemented nationwide. We’re currently pushing for a federal Tobacco 21 law, but until that day comes the focus is on passing laws to increase the sales age to 21 in states.Related Topic: Tobacco & Smoking
Reasons to Ride: Lung Association Bike Trekkers Share Why They Keep Coming Back
Imagine taking a long-distance bicycling trip, through winding roads, with a group of supportive friends, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and stunning views. The American Lung Association Treks allow for just this, but make no mistake, it’s an endurance sport that lasts several hours or even days. It’s physically challenging but it’s also an inspirational experience that builds a sense of community and lasting bonds.
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