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Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year! Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 and the flu could help make 2021 a healthier year for all of us. Our new COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker has science-based information you can trust to help you stay informed about the safety and availability of a COVID-19 vaccine. Use this tool to find where you can get your annual flu shot.

COVID-19 Resources: The Lung Association has trusted information and resources to help us all get through the COVID-19 pandemic together. Find the latest at Lung.org/covid19. Recent additions include our most recent COVID-19 Town Hall – “The Great Disrupter: A Patient Panel on COVID-19,” updates on our COVID-19 Action Initiative, latest Blogs and more.  Be sure to follow our FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram social channels and share these timely resources to your network.

Lungcast™: Join us for our latest Lungcast, our exclusive podcast presented with HCPLive, that it spotlights conversations with researchers, physicians, patients and advocates about hot topics impacting lung health. Guests have included prominent medical experts Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. David Ho, and more. Our latest episode “New Asthma Management Guidelines Primer with Dr. Anne Dixon” is live now.

SUPPORT THE LUNG ASSOCIATION

Let’s Climb Outside! At a time when our lungs are at extreme risk, your support is more important than ever! Our famous Fight for Air Climb events have been an important way for people to help raise funds and show their support for healthy lungs. 2021 is a special year for Fight For Air Climb events. Join us out-of-doors for a one-of-a-kind adventure to support healthy lungs and clean air. Register today.

LUNG CANCER

Radon Action Month – Take Action to Protect Yourself from the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer: January is Radon Action Month and it’s the perfect time to learn how to protect yourself from the colorless, odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Our new Radon Basics course is a free one-hour interactive online learning program designed to help people understand more about the dangers of radon and the importance of testing your home for radon. Learn more at Lung.org/Radon-Basics.

LUNG FORCE Hero:  Tawny’s mother passed away from lung cancer, but she didn’t want her courageous legacy to be defined by the disease. She advocates for others by sharing her mother’s story. You can share your story at LUNGFORCE.org.

RESEARCH

COVID-19 & Respiratory Virus Research Award – Second Cycle! As the pandemic continues its global devastation, the Lung Association remains committed to funding and finding scientific solutions. In fact, we recently announced our additional investment in COVID-19  related research through our COVID-19 Action Initiative. This new call for applications for our COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award is now in progress. The award supports investigators with a stellar track record of accomplishment who have the ability to advance our knowledge of COVID-19 and other novel respiratory viruses with pandemic potential. Learn more

ADVOCACY

End of Year Legislative Wins for Lung Health: The end of year legislative package signed into law on December 28, 2020, contained many significant wins for lung health, including an end to surprise medical bills, a number of important Medicaid provisions, additional funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, lung cancer, and chronic diseases, and a stop to online sales of e-cigarettes to children. For more information on these critical provisions and more, please check out our brief summary of the key lung health provisions included in the final package.  

Help Make Lung Health a White House Priority: As President Biden assumes office, we want to highlight the importance of lung health and make sure that we can continue to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Help us ensure that President Biden prioritizes lung health in office by signing our petition and telling President Biden what lung health means to you!  

Tell Biden Administration to Take Climate Action: Climate change is a serious and present threat to our health and safety, causing droughts, wildfires, flooding, extreme heat and increased air pollution. Please sign and promote our new petition calling on President Biden to prioritize climate action that protects health, then join the Lung Association in tweeting that it is #TimeToAct on climate change.

TOBACCO

Quit Smoking in 2021: Many people make quitting smoking oneo f their New Year’s resolution. There’s no better way to improve your health, and 70% of smokers say they want to quit. The Lung Association has proven tools and information to help make 2021 the year you begin a new tobacco-free life. Check out our “5 Quit Smoking Tips to Be Tobacco-free in the New Year. ” We’re also proud to announce that we have partnered with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve lung health of veterans, including helping vets quit smoking through pre-paid membership in our Freedom From Smoking® program, and our many other cessation resources.

ASTHMA

Asthma Webcast Series –In November, we hosted the first in a series of three webcasts about asthma. These live webcasts are patient-focused and feature clinical presentations as well as a patient perspective. Our first presentation “Getting Familiar with Asthma shared basic information about asthma, asthma and COVID-19 and asthma management.  You can view the recorded version of this presentation. Our latest webcast “Is It More Than Just Bad Asthma?” is on January 19 at 2 p.m. CT. This webcast will provide a more focused understanding of asthma control and whether your asthma may be severe. Learn more and register here.

HEALTHY AIR & CLIMATE CHANGE

The Electric Vehicle Solution: We can address the dual health threat of climate change and air pollution with clean transportation. In support of our report “The Road to Clean Air” we’ve created a new video “The Electric Vehicle Solution” to show how electric vehicles (EVs) can help reduce climate change and air pollution. Learn more at Lung.org/electric-vehicles.

EACH BREATH BLOG

2020 was a year like none in recent history.  Throughout this year of unprecedented challenges, the American Lung Association made a steady stream of accomplishes addressing COVID-19 and diverse areas of lung health. Learn more in our 2020 Highlights blog.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

You make everything we do possible. Whether it’s funding research to help us end COVID-19, keeping kids off tobacco, protecting the air we breathe, helping someone with lung cancer make treatment decisions, or the many other ways we help America breathe easier, it’s all thanks to your generous support!

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