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Mission Moment October - 2018

(October 22, 2018)


Deb Brown accepting the Biden Cancer Initiative's Prevention and Early Detection FiERCE Award

Dr. Jill Biden, Deb Brown and Vice President Joe Biden at the Biden Cancer Summit

Biden Cancer Initiative FIERCE Award: The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE  "Saved By The Scan" campaign was named a winner of the Biden Cancer Initiative's prestigious 2018 Prevention and Early Detection FIERCE Award. Andrea McKee, M.D., a member of our Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel and Deb Brown, our Chief Mission Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the American Lung Association in Washington, D.C., last month.

We are so thrilled that our efforts to raise awareness of the lifesaving potential of early detection through lung cancer screening were recognized by former Vice President Biden's initiative. Check out our new "Saved By The Scan" video to learn more about the highlights of the campaign's first year.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Maria R. shares how, after successfully quitting smoking, low dose CT scan has given her hope that if she does get lung cancer, it will be diagnosed early, when it's more curable. 

Join a LUNG FORCE Event: You can show your support for the fight against lung cancer by participating in a LUNG FORCE Walk, or supporting a participant or team. There are many other events where you can support healthy lungs, including stair climbs, rides, galas and more. Find an event near you.


Investigating Gender Differences in Asthma: Severe asthma occurs more often in women than men. The hormones estrogen and progesterone are thought to contribute to increased disease severity in females, whereas testosterone is thought to protect against asthma. Dr. Kristi Warren is investigating the gender differences in asthma. This research may lead to more effective asthma treatment in both female and male patients.


Showing the Impact of Tobacco Use: Our new video shows how smoking wreaks havoc on lung health by comparing the lungs of a healthy nonsmoker versus those of a smoker. This video shows the damage smoking causes to healthy lungs and explains how much of it can be reversed by quitting smoking. The video's most important message is that it's never too late to quit.

We Need Your Feedback on our Asthma Resources: If the American Lung Association has helped you, or patients that you work with, better manage asthma symptoms, we want to hear from you. Let us know if our asthma resources meet your needs and if you have any suggestions for improvement. If you are an adult living with asthma or a caregiver, provide your feedback on our Adults with Asthma Resources Feedback Survey.  If you are a health educator that delivers programs or materials on our behalf, please provide your feedback on our Asthma Partner/Educator Resources Feedback Survey.


Protecting Healthcare: They say you get what you pay for, and short-term limited-duration health plans don't deliver the minimum essential coverage most people need, especially people with lung disease or smokers trying to quit. On Oct. 2, new rules went into effect lessening restrictions on these plans that only deliver higher premiums with less coverage. These plans don't cover people with pre-existing conditions and are not required to cover lifesaving lung cancer screenings or tobacco cessation treatment. For more information on these plans and their impact on tobacco cessation, please see our new factsheet. The Lung Association is fighting to keep these deceptive plans off the market and protect quality affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Action on Healthy Air: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed replacing the Clean Power Plan with a much weaker and less protective rule – the so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule – which their own analysis found could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths every year by 2030. Lung Association staff, including President and CEO Harold Wimmer, testified at an EPA hearing on Oct. 1 in Chicago, urging EPA to fully implement the Clean Power Plan and reject the ACE rule to protect Americans’ health.  Please add your voice to theirs and tell EPA not to replace the Clean Power Plan by Oct. 31.

Our defense of cleaner cars continues as well. The nation's current cleaner cars standards are a huge success story. They're widely popular, they're practical, and most importantly, they're working. The public comment period on the proposal to weaken cleaner cars standards is open until Oct. 26.  Please tell the administration: do not roll back these protections

Action on Tobacco: Last month we celebrated a significant victory when we won a federal court decision in a lawsuit the Lung Association and other public health organizations filed to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move forward and implement graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising, as mandated by a 2009 federal law. At the same time, we applauded the FDA for its decision to add e-cigarettes to their highly effective "Real Cost" youth smoking prevention campaign. For the last three years, the FDA has earned high marks for its 'The Real Cost' Campaign in our annual 'State of Tobacco Control' report.

Defending Health Programs: We’ve continued working to defend federal programs that support public health and fund research. We recently joined 19 other patient and physician groups in urging the Center for Medicaid Services to use its statutory authority to improve the lives and treatment for Americans who require supplemental oxygen. We also celebrated the fact that our advocacy efforts helped secure a $2 billion increase in funding to the National Institutes of Health – including increases for both the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

EACH Breath Blog

Flu season is here, and a look back at the 1918 influenza pandemic – the deadliest epidemic in modern history – is a timely reminder that vaccination is the best protection against the flu.

2018 Christmas Seals

Did you get your American Lung Association Christmas Seals® packet? Your support through Christmas Seals is another way to show you care about healthy air, healthy lungs and a healthier America. You can order your seals online and learn about this lifesaving holiday tradition From our earliest days fighting tuberculosis to today as we continue to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, Christmas Seals have supported our lifesaving work.

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