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Tobacco Control: How Does Your State Rate?
According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level for exposure to tobacco smoke. Every law that limits workplace smoking, makes smoking more expensive or helps a smoker quit, ultimately reduces the terrible burden to our nation caused by tobacco use. But what are state and federal government doing to protect everyone from tobacco? And how does your state rate, compared to others? The American Lung Association has the answers. Read more...

American Lung Association Applauds the House of Representatives for Voting to Protect Children’s Health
Earlier this week, the American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report awarded the federal government an F for its low federal cigarette tax. Despite this dismal grade, the Lung Association noted that the new Congress and Administration presented great hope to everyone concerned about public health. Today, the House of Representatives has given us good reason to believe that our nation can begin to move towards a healthier future, where children’s health will be made a high priority. Read more...

Quit Smoking for New Year’s: 7 Tips for Success
Did you or someone you love resolve to quit smoking for New Year’s? The American Lung Association is here to help you keep that resolution. Read more…

Behind the Headlines: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Emphysema
(December 22, 2008)
Recent news that singer Michael Jackson may be suffering from Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Emphysema has brought new attention to this rare and deadly lung disease. Read more...

Medicare Assures Patients About Access to Oxygen
(December 18, 2008)
Many people with lung disease who are using oxygen have contacted the American Lung Association this week concerned over possible loss of lifesaving oxygen equipment provided by Medicare. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which issued a consumer alert on Wed., December 17, this worry is in most cases unfounded and stems from misleading information. Individuals with questions on this issue are welcome to call the American Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak to a registered nurse or respiratory therapist, or view a list of frequently asked questions (PDF) regarding changes to home oxygen and equipment courtesy of

American Lung Association Makes It Easier to Avoid the Flu
Fall is here and with it comes flu season. The American Lung Association is making it a little easier for people to get their flu shot this season with its 2008-2009 Flu Clinic Locator. The largest online directory of public influenza vaccination clinics is now available at Read more...


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