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Mission Moment February 2018

(February 12, 2018)

Mission Moment February

State of Tobacco Control
Who's at greatest risk for tobacco-related death and disease? On January 24, we released our 16th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report, which grades the federal government and states on their efforts to enact policies proven to reduce tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. How did your state rate? This year's report also focuses on populations that are disproportionately impacted by tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Learn more from our blog and top 10 list.


World Cancer Day: On World Cancer Day—Sunday, February 4—we affirmed our commitment to defeating lung cancer by offering hope and support to those facing the disease. We need your ongoing help to unite the nation in our stand against the #1 cancer killer of men and women. Visit to learn how you can get involved and share our resources available at with the person in your life who is living with or caring for someone with lung cancer.

LUNG FORCE Expos: LUNG FORCE Expo season is almost here! LUNG FORCE Expos are a great opportunity to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, asthma and other lung diseases. With different tracks for patients and caregivers and healthcare professionals, these one-day events feature experts from a variety of lung health-related fields presenting current research and hot topics, an exhibitor showcase and a chance for patients, caregivers and the local medical community to connect. Find an Expo near you.

Bettye Givens

LUNG FORCE Hero: Bettye G. met the criteria for screening for lung cancer. She had a scan, and is grateful she did, because it caught her lung cancer early and she's on the road to recovery. Read Bettye's story and watch her video.


Modifying the Immune System's Harmful Responses to Influenza Virus: Influenza infection (the flu) continues to cause a large burden of respiratory disease despite vaccination and antiviral therapy. The respiratory failure that occurs in some patients during influenza is thought to result from excessive immune system responses. American Lung Association Research Team member Jason Griffith, M.D., Ph.D. is conducting research to better understand this harmful immune system response and has made discoveries that could provide novel therapeutic pathways for curbing harmful immune responses to the influenza virus. Learn more.


Media Spokespeople Needed: The American Lung Association is looking for qualified healthcare professionals to further our mission as volunteer media spokespeople. We encourage general lung health experts who have experience with or are interested in speaking with the news media to apply. This may include experts in the clinical setting such as physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and active clinicians with research experience to those in the research setting such as lung health researchers and scientists in clinical, bench and basic research. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Those especially encouraged to apply include:

  • Expertise in lung cancer, Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, healthy air, smoking cessation and flu and pneumonia vaccines.
  • Fluent Spanish speakers.
  • Ability to analyze, translate and describe the potential impact of new research studies for the media and general public.
  • Those who live or work in major media markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, Washington, D.C., etc.

Those selected will receive media training and will work with Lung Association to share expert advice and perspectives about lung health, healthy air and the Lung Association with the news media and nation. To learn more about the qualifications and application process, contact Allison MacMunn at [email protected].


Mission Moment Community

Members of the Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department in Ukiah, CA with their donated Dyson Air Purifiers.

Timely Support for Communities in Need: Last November, Lung Association staff in California were able to distribute dozens of air purifiers to communities impacted by the devastating wildfires in Northern California. Thanks to a timely and generous donation from Dyson, air cleaning devices were placed in classrooms near the fire zone, as well as shared with six community health clinics to pass onto patients with lung disease. Lung Association staff also delivered air cleaners to members of the Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department and the Sonoma County Office of Education to distribute in their communities. It is a strategic imperative of the American Lung Association to improve the air we breathe, and this timely donation provided much needed support for our communities in need.


Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu: This year's flu season has been particularly severe, and flu season may continue for several more weeks. The Lung Association wants to remind everyone that influenza (the flu) is a serious, contagious disease that can have serious health consequences, especially for people with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma and COPD. It’s not too late to take precautions to help protect yourself and those around you from the flu.


Fight For Air Climb: Are you looking for a way to get active, meet others who care about healthy air and healthy lungs and help us save lives all at the same time? Then join us at one of our upcoming Fight For Air Climbs. You will make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease by raising funds for research, education and advocacy.  Every dollar raised moves us closer to healthy lungs for everyone. Find a Climb near you.


Asthma Medications in Schools: Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed a law allowing students to carry and use inhalers at school, some kids are still denied access to these lifesaving medications during the school day. The Lung Association has an updated Asthma Medications in School web page with tools and resources to help schools make asthma medications readily available. The new page also highlights states across the country with either a stock bronchodilator law, school guidelines or no law at all. It also has a new story share feature where school personnel are encouraged to share their personal experiences and the importance of adopting a stock bronchodilator policy. Visit the new web page today to access our resources and share your story about how stock bronchodilators have made a difference for your student.


Registration Now Open for Clean Power Plan Repeal Listening Sessions: As a reminder, EPA has extended the public comment period on their proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan through April 26 and is holding public listening sessions in Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA and Gillette, WY to get additional feedback on the proposal. Registration is now open to attend, and speakers and attendees must sign up at least a week in advance. We’re working to recruit health voices to speak at all three.

Reminder: Parents & Grandparents Letter Supporting the Clean Power Plan: We are still collecting signatures on a letter for parents and grandparents who support the Clean Power Plan, and are well on our way to our goal of 4,500 signatures. Please add your name in support of healthy air for our children and grandchildren, and encourage others to sign as well!


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Wood-burning stoves and heaters might make a room warm and cozy, but have you ever wondered what effect they have on the air you breathe? Our latest blog entry shares "What You Need to Know About Your Wood-Burning Stove and Heater."

THANK YOU again for your enduring support. YOU make everything we do possible! When we provide parents with tools to help them better manage their child's asthma, YOU are there. When we help lung cancer patients learn about their treatment options, or provide the COPD patient with group support and education, you are there with us. We can be there for them, because you are here for us. THANK YOU for all you do to support healthy air and healthy lungs!

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