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American Lung Association Participates in National Public Health Week, April 2-8, 2018, by Raising Awareness of the Importance of Lung Health

(April 2, 2018)

It's National Public Health Week and the American Lung Association is proud to join the national movement to help the U.S. become healthier. For the first time in two decades, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the U.S. life expectancy has declined as the death rate from diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has increased. That's why we continue to stay dedicated to improving lung health and preventing lung disease, because every breath counts. Below are ways we are working in communities across the country to support healthy lungs and how you can get involved:

Smoking Cessation: Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Every year, close to half a million people die from tobacco-caused diseases. Take time during National Public Health Week to share our Health Benefits from Quitting Smoking video on your Facebook page.

Smokefree Air Laws: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and it's a serious health hazard. Today, only 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect the public from secondhand smoke. You can join our fight for smokefree air by contacting your elected officials and encouraging them to pass legislation to prohibit smoking in all public places.

Healthy Air Laws: Poor air quality continues to be a public health threat especially for our vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children and people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. Help raise awareness about the importance of healthy air in your town by sharing air quality facts such as – breathing ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad sunburn within the lungs – and others with your friends on social media. You can also join the Save our Lungs Team and advocate to your Congressional representatives to protect the Clean Air Act.

Improving Indoor Air Quality: We spend most of our time indoors so the air quality in our homes, schools and workplaces is just as important as the air outside. About 40 percent of asthma attacks are connected to preventable triggers, such as mold and rodents, inside people's homes. If you find it easier to breathe when you leave the building, your indoor space may contain poor air quality triggers. Find out if the air in your home and classroom is healthy and then share with your friends and family do the same.

Do you have #lunghealth plans for National Public Health Week? Tag us in social media and use the hashtag #NPHW to let us know! @LungAssociation on Twitter or @LungUSA on Facebook.

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