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Mission Moment December - 2016

(December 12, 2016)



From protecting our kids from tobacco products, ensuring access to healthcare, advocating for lung cancer, asthma and COPD research, and protecting all Americans from unhealthy air and climate change, the American Lung Association is planning our advocacy priorities to ensure that President-Elect Donald Trump and Congress keep lung health issues front and center in 2017.

Get involved by letting us know your lung health priorities, and we'll make sure to keep you up-to-date with progress on the issues that matter most to you.


Lung Cancer Awareness Month:

  • Through our LUNG FORCE initiative, we were a national leader in raising awareness during November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month. 
  • Through social media, we reached a potential audience of 22 million with a message of hope in defeating the leading cancer killer in America.
  • Our President and CEO Harold Wimmer posted two new entries to his Huffington Post blog focusing on lung cancer early detection and the latest developments in immunotherapy.
  • We released a new video about lung cancer tumor testing, which provides key information about effective treatment options for lung cancer patients.
  • More than 100 new LUNG FORCE Heroes shared their stories about facing lung cancer, offering personal insight, empathy and hope to other lung cancer survivors.

LUNG FORCE Hero: One of the many who shared their personal stories this month was Melanie M. who was diagnosed, at only 50, with lung cancer. Luckily, she was a candidate for targeted therapy for her specific type of lung cancer, and has been responding well to treatment. We're cheering you on Melanie!


COPD Awareness Month: During November, we also increased awareness of COPD and introduced several new patient resources.

  • For our interactive "Ask the Lung Expert" series on our Inspire "Living with COPD" community, Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist and counselor at our Lung HelpLine, answered patient and caregiver questions.
  • On World COPD Day (Nov. 16), we participated in a Twitter Chat with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and COPD Foundation about the chronic lung disease that affects millions of Americans. We also shared our COPD support options on CEO and National President Harold Wimmer's Huffington Post blog series.
  • Finally, the Lung Association was among more than 200 attendees—including patients, caregivers, health care providers,industry, academic leaders, and federal partners—that participated in the first-ever National Institutes of Health-sponsored COPD Town Hall Meeting to help shape the COPD National Action Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide a comprehensive framework to reduce the burden of COPD nationwide.


Amit Parulekar, MD — Studying the Effect of Mold on Severe Asthma: Some patients with severe asthma may continue to have symptoms despite being treated with standard medicines, even at high doses. One possible reason is that some patients have fungi or mold in their airways or they are allergic to fungi or mold in the environment. Through our funding, Dr. Amit Parulekar, of the Baylor College of Medicine, will learn more about how exposure to fungi may lead to more severe asthma, and will test a new method of identifying fungi in the lungs.


Smokefree Public Housing: On November 30, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced its plan requiring all public housing agencies to implement smokefree policies. This rule will protect two million Americans from exposure to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 760,000 children and more than 300,000 adults over the age of 62. The Lung Association is proud to have played a leading role in making this lifesaving policy a reality.

Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: On December 8, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, released a new report, "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General." The groundbreaking U.S. Surgeon General's report — the first-ever on e-cigarettes — sounds the alarm that e-cigarette use is not safe. The Surgeon General concludes that flavors appeal to kids and that these flavors are one of the primary reasons youth and young adults try an e-cigarette for the first time. The Lung Association applauds the Surgeon General for taking this important action to protect the public health and prevent the next generation of tobacco users. Read the American Lung Association statement on the report.

Lung Association Co-Authors Important CDC Article: Also on December 8, and articlethe Lung Association co-authored with staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was released in the prestigious Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The article "State Medicaid Expansion Tobacco Cessation Coverage and the Number of Adult Smokers Enrolled in Expansion Coverage—United States, 2016" (and accompanying press release) looks at the number of adults smokers enrolled in Medicaid expansion programs and the tobacco cessation treatments that are available to them.


Thank you to all our event participants and volunteers! We have just concluded a very successful fall LUNG FORCE Walk season, thanks to your generous support. This fall we had 22 walks across the country raising nearly $2 million dollars. Our winter/spring Fight For Air Climb season has already begun with most of our climb events held in January—April. Our spring LUNG FORCE Walk season will begin in April. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event soon! Don't miss out on the fun! For more information on an event near you, visit


No-Riders Letters to Congress and the Administration: We wrote and sent letters, co-signed by 11 health organizational partners, to Congress and the Obama Administration opposing harmful provisions called riders on bills to fund the federal government. Some proposed riders would block or delay efforts to clean up harmful air pollution, leading to asthma attacks and deaths that could have been prevented.

Statement Supporting the EPA's Clean Car Announcement: On November 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made an important announcement that will protect our health by reducing harmful emissions from cars. Cleaner, more efficient vehicles will help fight climate change and improve the health of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, such as older Americans, young children and people with lung diseases like asthma and COPD.


Heading away from home for the holidays? Traveling during this busy season can be stressful for anyone, but especially for those with chronic lung disease. Get a few expert tips to make your holiday travel a bit easier, from our award winning EACH Breath blog.

November 29 was Giving Tuesday, and we want to thank all of you, who gave from the heart to support healthy lungs and healthy air. If you haven't had a chance to donate, it's not too late. You can help us wrap up the year, and give the gift of breath!  One thoughtful way to support our lifesaving work is to make a gift in honor or memory of someone. To mail your donation, please download a printable donation form. THANK YOU again for all you do. YOU make everything we do possible.

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