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Mission Moment June – 2017

(June 13, 2017)


Boathouse Row in Philadelphia turns Turquoise for LUNG FORCE

Boathouse Row in Philadelphia turns Turquoise for LUNG FORCE

LUNG FORCE Turns America Turquoise: May was a special time for our LUNG FORCE initiative, as we marked National Women's Lung Health Week (May 7–13), and held our fourth annual Turquoise Takeover. More than 240 famous landmarks illuminated in LUNG FORCE turquoise - the most ever! News anchors across the country, 18 nationally televised anchors/hosts and more than 300 local anchors, donned turquoise, to support the fight against lung cancer. The hosts of ABC's Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel also joined in to wear turquoise and promote the importance of lung cancer awareness.

We are grateful to CVS Health for providing us the opportunity to raise funds in May for lung cancer prevention, awareness and research for the fourth consecutive year, and especially grateful to all of you who made a donation while visiting your local CVS!

Our new social campaign, #ShowYourLUNGFORCE, asked people to demonstrate the power of their lungs and take action in support of the movement.  Are you ready to #ShowYourLUNGFORCE? Here's what you do:

  1. Upload a video or photo to your social channels—Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—demonstrating how you show support for LUNG FORCE. Show any activity that uses your lungs -humming, whistling, laughing, exercising or playing an instrument. Get creative and have fun!
  2. Tag three of your friends and challenge them to post their own videos.
  3. Ask them to donate to LUNG FORCE. All funds raised will support lung cancer research.   

Thank you again for your ongoing support and passion on behalf of all those whose lives have been touched by lung cancer.

Maureen ALUNG FORCE Hero: LUNG FORCE Hero Maureen A. joined LUNG FORCE in honor of her sister Katie, and is especially passionate about reducing lung cancer stigma.

Lung Cancer Stigma Resources: Are you interested in learning more about lung cancer stigma and how you can help reduce it? We now have a web page devoted to our lung cancer stigma resources:


Lung Association Studies Published: The findings of Lung Association-funded research on the role of sugar in Squamous cell carcinoma was just published in the journal Nature Communications. The research team led by Dr. Jay Jung-whan Kim, at the University of Texas at Dallas, discovered that  squamous cell tumors—which account for about 25 to 30 percent of lung cancer tumors—are more heavily dependent on sugar as their energy supply than other lung cancer cells. This discovery could lead to an easy way to tell one type of lung cancer from another, and could even lead to better treatments by starving these cells of the sugar they crave. Another study we funded was recently published in the Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology in Practice. This study showed that smoking asthmatics respond worse to existing asthma therapies and have more asthma symptoms and exacerbations. The study also found that the Asthma Control Test is a good way of measuring asthma control in patients and can be used in clinical research and clinical practice to evaluate response to treatment.


Fighting to Protect Healthcare: The fight to protect healthcare coverage is particularly urgent right now. The Congressional Budget Office released its score, which found that under the House-passed American Health Care Act, 23 million more Americans will be uninsured by 2026. The Lung Association is fighting to protect healthcare and you can help! Tell us why healthcare coverage is important to you 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. Special thanks to our LUNG FORCE Hero Ashley for volunteering to participate in a recent town hall on healthcare in Pennsylvania. Ashley previously participated in our LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and has continued to speak out for quality and affordable healthcare coverage.

Trump Administration Budget Would Cut Lung Health Funding: On May 23, the Trump Administration released its budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which would significantly cut funding for critical lung health programs and resources at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.  The Lung Association is urging Congress to oppose this budget and work together to protect funding for these lifesaving programs.

The Trump Administration Announces Intention to Withdraw U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement:
On June 1, President Trump announced that he plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. The Lung Association released a press statement expressing extreme disappointment with the President's decision. Climate change is already harming the health of Americans, and failing to address it will put the health and lives of Americans at greater risk. We will continue to work with leaders at all levels of government to make sure we are taking steps to solve this global health crisis. In light of President Trump's announcement on the Paris decision, now is a great time to invite health professionals in your network to add their voices to the call for climate action to protect our health from the dangers of climate change by signing the Health Professionals Declaration on Climate Change.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt Announced Delay of Ozone Standards: On June 6, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that EPA will not follow a legally required step in implementing the Clean Air Act. Specifically, Administrator Pruitt alerted Governors that EPA will delay for one year formal designation of nonattainment areas under EPA's ozone pollution limit adopted in 2015. Delaying this lifesaving update to the ozone standard is an attack on America's right to breathe clean, healthy air. It will mean more asthma attacks, missed days of work and school and even premature deaths. EPA's action deprives Americans of essential information. EPA not only delays necessary steps to reduce ozone pollution in the air we breathe, but also withholds crucial information from states and tribes about the quality of the air that they breathe—information that helps ensure our health can be protected. The American Lung Association opposes this decision by the EPA Administrator, and will fight to get this information to the public.

Defend the Clean Air Act: Some in Congress continue to push legislation to permanently block, weaken or delay clean air safeguards. Both the House and the Senate have held legislative hearings on a bill health and medical organizations dubbed the "Smoggy Skies Act." Ahead of these hearings, the Lung Association and our health partners sent letters asking the House and Senate to oppose this dangerous legislation, and shared results of our Lung Association poll showing that Americans believe Congress should maintain EPA's more protective ozone standards by a two-to-one margin.  We also engaged in an aggressive storm of Tweets during the House hearing highlighting the need to oppose the Smoggy Skies Act. We also weighed in with Congress to oppose efforts to weaken the science that EPA uses to set clean air standards, and mobilized our constituents to join us in standing up to protect the Clean Air Act.

Defeat Sneak Attacks on Healthy Air—So-called "Regulatory Reform:" On May 17, a key Senate committee advanced a suite of bad bills that would make it harder for all federal agencies, including EPA and FDA, to set safeguards to protect public health. The Lung Association continues to work to defeat so-called "regulatory reform" legislation, including the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) and other bills that would burden federal agencies with red tape and make it easier for industry to stop progress in setting and updating healthy air or tobacco safeguards under the guise of regulatory reform, including sending this letter to the Senate from health and medical organizations.  We have joined in broader community efforts to use social media to discourage senators from supporting the bill, using the #RAA and #SaveOurLungs. We'll continue working to make sure the RAA and other regulatory reform bills don't get support they need to pass the full Senate.

Partnering with American Public Health Association for 2017 "Year of Climate Change and Health:" In collaboration with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other partners, we organized several activities for the month of May, designated, "Air Quality Lung and Heart Health Month" as part of the APHA's Year of Climate Change and Health. American Lung Association staff moderated a panel discussion for nearly 200 health professionals, Climate Changes Health: The Breath and Heart of It All; and organized two briefings for nearly 60 House and Senate staff on air quality, climate change, and health. In both the webinar and briefing, staff highlighted the results from "State of the Air" 2017 with a particular focus on the air quality impacts of a changing climate. We also contributed social media to the #ClimateChangesHealth conversation led by APHA.


American Lung Association National President and CEO, Harold Wimmer (r) speaks at the press event to launch the COPD National Action Plan.

American Lung Association National President and CEO, Harold Wimmer (r)
speaks at the press event to launch the COPD National Action Plan.

COPD National Action Plan: On Monday, May 22, we were proud to stand with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as they launched the first-ever COPD National Action Plan to help reduce the burden of this disease. The American Lung Association served as a lead partner with NHLBI to create this Action Plan that includes promoting greater public awareness of COPD risk factors, improved quality of care and increased research surrounding COPD. This comprehensive, unified and strategic framework offers a patient-centered approach to support the more than 11 million Americans living with COPD.  Learn more.


Members of the American Lung Association health education team recently wrapped up a project in Puerto Rico that helped address the prevalence of asthma in children living on the island.

Building Capacity of Asthma Services in Puerto Rico: Members of the American Lung Association health education team recently wrapped up a project in Puerto Rico that helped address the prevalence of asthma in children living on the island. One in seven children in Puerto Rico is diagnosed with asthma giving the archipelago one of the highest asthma prevalence rates in the world. Working with key stakeholders including the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the project's goal was to identify priority strategies and share resources that will improve asthma outcomes for patients and families.


Have you ever wondered what's coming out of an e-cigarette and is it harmful? Our latest blog post warns "Don't Be Fooled—E-cig Aerosol Is Not Harmless for Kids." As summer heats up, another post explores "Four Things to Know about Air Quality and Exercising Outdoors."

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