Healthy Air Topics
How to Protect Yourself from the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
It is a common misconception that only people who smoked are at risk for lung cancer. The truth is there are a variety of things that can cause damage to your lungs and may eventually lead to lung cancer. In fact, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., responsible for an estimated 21,000 related lung cancer deaths each year, has nothing to do with tobacco but is instead a toxic gas in the air.
Surprising Reasons Everyone Should Care About Wildfires
If you watch the news, you’ve probably noticed that massive wildfires have been making more and more headlines. Over the past 10 years, there have been an average of over 7 million acres burned annually. In 2018 alone, 8.8 million acres were burned nationwide, the sixth-largest figure on record, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Unfortunately, experts say this upward trend is likely to continue.
Wildfire Stories: California Emergency Physician Shares How Patients, Staff and Family Are Impacted
I am an emergency physician in Los Angeles in a busy, inner-city trauma center with exposure to every kind of disease and injury, including a large number of homeless and low-income patients, and patients with behavioral health issues. This gives me an extensive experience and unique perspective on how people are impacted by changes in our environment, particularly some of our most vulnerable patients.
HUD Celebrates One Year of Smokefree Apartment Living
For more than a decade, the American Lung Association has been working hard to protect everyone in public housing from secondhand smoke exposure. This multi-faceted effort included years of advocating for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make all federally subsidized housing, including public housing, smokefree.
Tips to Save Yourself from Summer's Deadly Heat Waves
Heat waves can take a toll on your lungs and overall health. See why and how to keep safe when the temperature rises this summer.
What Do We Know About Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Health?
In 2014, Chris Lim, M.S. set out to understand long-term effects of climate change—specifically, temperature variability and air pollution—on health. At the time, short-term effects had been studied extensively, but not much was known about long-term exposure and adverse health outcomes. As a lung health dissertation fellow at New York University School of Medicine, Lim needed financial support for his doctoral dissertation on this topic.
Asthma and Climate Change: What You Need to Know
Everyone’s health is at risk from the impacts of climate change. Changing climate patterns are degrading air quality and increasing the frequency and intensity of certain types of extreme weather such as droughts, floods and wildfires. However, people living with lung disease face greater risks.
The Lung Association's 'State of the Air Report' at 20: A Look Back and Ahead
Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan once stated "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Twenty years ago, the American Lung Association initiated the "State of the Air" report, with the goal of providing the public and policy makers with information summarizing air quality in their cities and counties.
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.
Reducing Air Pollution from Health Systems
"Where Does Air Pollution Come From?" is our theme for the month of March in our 2019 Year of Air Pollution & Health. To highlight both sources and solutions, we are featuring a series of blogs to highlight successful efforts to reduce pollution from major sources. For our third and final post, we teamed up with Year of Air Pollution & Health partner, Health Care Without Harm, to show how the healthcare industry can reduce its contribution to air pollution.
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