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A Look Back at 2015–The Year in Lung Health

(January 1, 2016)

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2016 is here, but we invite you to take a look back at 2015, which turned out to be one of our most impactful years ever!

  • Our 13th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report outlined a roadmap for states and the federal government to meet the our three bold goals to put the U.S. on a path to eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease.
  • New Orleans passed a historic ordinance to go smokefree in virtually all public places and workplaces, including bars and casinos. It’s the first major city in the nation to pass a law that requires smokefree casinos and protects the public from secondhand e-cigarette emissions.
  • Fight For Air Climb season had Lung Association supporters across the U.S. scaling thousands of steps in these unique endurance events at some of the tallest structures in their cities while raising funds for lung disease research and educational programs.
  • At the Presidential Roundtable on Climate Change and Public Health, childhood asthma expert Tyra Bryant-Stephens, M.D., an active volunteer with the Lung Association, had the chance to personally talk to President Barack Obama about the importance of protecting children from the health impacts of climate change.
    Our 16th annual "State of the Air" report showed that more than four in 10 Americans live in counties where ozone or particle pollution levels make the air unhealthy to breathe. The report findings were cited in testimony before Congress.
  • During National Women’s Lung Health Week we celebrated LUNG FORCE with Turquoise Takeover, and released the new Share Your Voice video featuring inspiring stories from our LUNG FORCE team turquoise celebrities, all in support of the fight against lung cancer in women. 
  • A new study from our Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network found that a common nutritional supplement—soy isoflavone—taken by many people with asthma, did not result in improved lung function or clinical outcomes. The findings can potentially save consumers from spending thousands of dollars on an ineffective treatment and potentially prevented adverse drug interactions.
  • Lung Association leaders and experts participated in the first White House Summit on Climate Change and Health. They shared their experience with health impacts already seen across the U.S. as a result of climate change and called attention to the need for a strong response.
  • We began a new alliance with the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation to provide comprehensive support for people living with asthma, non-small cell lung cancer and respiratory syncytial virus. Patients referred to the Lung Association from PAN will receive support and resources from our Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA).
  • Participants across the country joined LUNG FORCE Walks to raise money and awareness to defeat lung cancer.
  • We announced our plans to fund more than $6.49 million in grants in 2015-2016, $3.89 million of which for newly awarded research on lung disease throught the nationwide Awards and Grants program. Including the new LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award which will be the largest research award in lung cancer ever funded by the Lung Association.
  • As children with asthma went back to school, we offered schools asthma-friendly resources  including a Stock Bronchodilator Model Policy, the Student Readiness Assessment Tool, and Asthma Basics, a free online course on asthma management. 
  • The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice published Albuterol Overuse: A Marker of Psychological Distress? using data from the Airways Clinical Research Center Network, looking at the relationship between albuterol use and hospitalization.  The study found an association between albuterol "overusers" and depression. If a healthcare provider suspects overuse of albuterol, depression may be considered as a potential co-morbid condition.
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