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Mission Moment February – 2017

(February 14, 2017)

On January 25, we released our 15th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report, which evaluates states and the federal government on the proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies necessary to save lives. New to the report this year was a state grade on laws to increase the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21. These "Tobacco 21" laws have become an effective new tool in reducing youth tobacco use. Learn more and find out if your state made the grade!

New Online Lung Cancer Portal: As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best tools and information to lung cancer patients and caregivers, our lung cancer resources have been refreshed, revamped and assembled in one, easy-to-use new online portal: This user-friendly lung cancer hub and navigator has all our trusted tools and resources—treatment guides, links to clinical trials, support groups, and much more—all ready to help guide you through your lung cancer journey. Every lung cancer patient needs a guide. Trust us to be yours every step of the way.

Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team: In collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and LUNGevity Foundation, a "Call for Ideas" for our Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team award has been announced. This "call" went to the scientific community, seeking proposals from collaborative teams offering approaches that offer the greatest promise of patient benefit in early detection and treatment of lung cancer. Thanks to a generous additional gift from SU2C, the amount of this award is now $7 million. The awardees will be selected in July.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Meet indomitable Maureen W, who discusses the importance of early detection for lung cancer and her ongoing involvement with LUNG FORCE Walks with her Walk team The Queen Bees.

Safeguarding Health Protections: In the short time since Congress returned to Washington and a new administration took over the White House, a startling number of federal policies that protect lung health have come under attack. These include healthcare coverage for millions, as well as lifesaving public health protections against air pollution and tobacco. All of this threatens the health of millions, especially our most vulnerable—children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, like asthma. The fight to protect healthcare coverage is particularly urgent and you can help!

Share your stories about why healthcare coverage matters to you. Tell us why it is important and what would happen if you lost it at Your stories will be shared with members of Congress to help convince them to safeguard basic healthcare protections—like no lifetime caps on healthcare costs and protecting against a loss of coverage because of a pre-existing health condition.

Please join us and become an advocate, so together we can fight for policies that save lives and protect lung health.

Partnership Testing COPD Treatment: Our Airways Clinical Research Centers network will enroll and follow COPD patient participants in the National Institutes of Health - National Heart, Lung Blood Institute Pulmonary Trials Consortium LEEP Trial to test a treatment that may modify the progression of COPD. The LEEP trial is an important part of a larger effort of NIH – the Pulmonary Trials Consortium which is designed to conduct multiple clinical trials in both inpatient and outpatient settings in adults with a variety of chronic pulmonary diseases, including but not limited to interstitial lung disease (ILD), pulmonary hypertension (PH), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, and obstructive sleep apnea. If interested in participating in this clinical trial, please contact [email protected].

Lung Cancer Registry: In collaborative effort, the American Lung Association and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation have created the Lung Cancer Registry, which will support improved quality of care by giving providers and patients more detailed information based on the aggregate experience of other patients in the registry.

Is Your Child Ready to Carry Their Own Asthma Medication? Our Student Readiness Assessment Tool is a great, standardized way for you and your child's school health staff to find out if your child is ready to carry their own quick-relief inhaler during the school day. And for the first time, it's available in Spanish!

Quit Smoking Support – Video Series: Through a partnership with OutcomeHealth, the American Lung Association created a series of videos that offer quit smoking tips, advice and resources. Playing in doctor's office waiting rooms across the United States, we hope these videos will encourage doctor-patient conversations about how to quit smoking. Be on the lookout for the American Lung Association the next time you're at your doctor's office, and share these videos with friends and family that want to quit smoking but don't know where to start. And, as always, our proven-effective Freedom From Smoking® program is available online, in person and over the phone.

EACH Breath Blog
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Our award winning EACH Breath blog continues to explore fascinating and helpful topics. In recognition of World Cancer Day, February 4, we covered "5 Things to Know About Lung Cancer" and one of our many special guest bloggers writes, "I Hope One Person Quits Smoking Because of This Blog."

You make everything we do possible! Whether it's keeping kids off tobacco, protecting the air we breathe, showing someone with COPD how to stay active and healthy or the many other ways we help America breathe easier, it's all thanks to your generous support! Here's a breathtaking (pun intended) look at where your donations to the American Lung Association go. Thank you for your support!

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