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Annual Report

2017 Annual Report - Advocacy
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Your Voice for Lung Health Policy

We're fighting to protect quality and affordable healthcare for over 32 million Americans with lung disease

Successfully opposed many attacks on quality, affordable healthcare coverage for more than 35 million Americans with lung disease.

Fight for healthy air lead to 25% fewer Americans living where air quality was unhealthy

Found seven in 10 voters polled favor fuel efficiency standards that support healthy air.

We helped California pass a $2 per pack cigarette tax increase which will help keep kids from smoking

Helped Maine, New Jersey and Oregon raise tobacco sales age to 21.

The American Lung Association continues our nationwide advocacy efforts to create and defend policies and laws that protect our health. Even in a challenging environment, we carry on efforts to support healthy air and healthy lungs.

Protecting quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans, especially the more than 35 million with lung disease, was a top priority. We helped successfully ward off the Graham-Cassidy Bill, one of the many attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill would have dismantled many protections of the ACA, including screening for lung cancer and quit smoking treatment, and allowed insurance companies to charge more or deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, like COPD. We also achieved success in stopping “waivers” that would have reduced coverage in many states for patients on Medicaid.

Stop Censoring ScienceEPA’s proposed rule "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" would restrict the scientific research the Agency uses to protect public health. The Lung Association was a leader in the effort to oppose this “censoring science” rule through a number of letters and petitions to the EPA Administrator from 66 national, state, and local health organizations, 1,309 health professionals and 5,931 individuals.

Healthy air and the Clean Air Act were again under attack on many fronts. We worked throughout the year to protect pollution-reducing cleaner cars standards. Thanks to your help, we reached our goal of getting more than 4,500 signatures on our letter for parents and grandparents to support the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to represent the 4,500 lives the CPP would save every year once fully implemented. We submitted the letter to EPA, along with our Health Professionals Declaration on Climate Change that was signed by more than 1,600 health professionals.

The rule giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over all tobacco products took effect in 2016, but the agency has been unacceptably slow in using that power to regulate many tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and cigars. Because tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in America, we filed suit to force the FDA to use its authority to protect our children from these harmful, unregulated products.

We also played a leadership role in helping the Department of Housing and Urban Development create and enact its new rule making federally funded housing smokefree, including helping residents quit smoking.

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State of Tobacco Control website
State of Tobacco Control logoOur annual "State of Tobacco Control" report graded states and the federal government on the proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies necessary to save lives. It also explored how the health benefits of reduced tobacco use are not shared equally by all communities.
State of the Air logoOur annual "State of the Air" report found ozone pollution worsened significantly in 2014-2016 compared to the previous report, while improvements continued in year-round particle pollution and fewer episodes of high particle days. Still, nearly four in 10 Americans live where the air is unhealthy.
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