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EPA Finally Proposes New Smog Standards After Years Of Hesitation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced new standards for ozone pollution that have riled up public health advocate...

COPD: The Breath Thief

Harold Wimmer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

COPD accounts for more than 134,000 deaths each year in the U.S. -- the third leading cause of death. Tragically, the number of people dying from COPD is growing.

November Is COPD Awareness Month: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

With COPD it often becomes more and more difficult for people to breathe over time because the air sacs that carry air from the nose and mouth to the lungs become less elastic.

Quitting Smoking: You CAN Do It!

Harold Wimmer | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

November is both National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and COPD Awareness Month -- the perfect two-in-one reminder that the best way to reduce your risk of these and other serious illnesses is to quit smoking. Quitting isn't easy, but you're not alone, there's help available and you CAN do it.

Delivering on a Promise: CVS Steps Up in the Fight Against Tobacco

Harold Wimmer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S. Every year, almost half a million people die from tobacco-caused disease. Reducing access to tobacco is an important first step.

The Tyranny of Asthma: How the EPA Can Help Fight This Scourge on Latinos

Javier Sierra | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

Fear is Pati Calzada's constant companion. Her six-year old son, Abraham, has asthma, and his frequent attacks fill them both with terror and anguish.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Science Advisers Call For Stronger Smog Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Environmental Protection Agency science advisers have recommended the agency strengthen ozone pollution standards in order to protect ...

Building a Force Against Lung Cancer

Harold Wimmer | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

In November of last year, I wrote about the need to make lung cancer a year-round conversation -- one that goes well beyond lung cancer awareness mont...

Kate Sheppard

American Lung Association Touts New Carbon Rules In TV Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

The American Lung Association released a new television ad on Wednesday defending limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that the Enviro...

The Real Face of Lung Cancer: One Woman's Quest to Educate and Inspire

Harold Wimmer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Susan Warmerdam is a guest contributor for Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, on The Huffington Post. In Febr...

E-Cigarette Sales To Minors: Hooking A New Generation?

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

We have come too far, and battled far too long with the tobacco industry, to make the mistake of trusting the e-cigarette manufacturers to do what is right for America's children. While we wait for the scientific data to prove the harms of vaping, let's protect our middle and high schoolers from a lifelong addiction and a high risk of cancer.

Quit Attempts: Confidence Builders or Breakers?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Recent international research suggests for some smokers, just trying to quit again, without recovering from a failed attempt, contributes to what they call "cessation fatigue." According to this research, there is a generalized capacity to quit, but that capacity needs to regenerate between tries.

For 30 Years, Trek Across Maine Cyclists Have Kept Their Eye on the Prize: A World Free of Lung Disease

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

As the American Lung Association gears up for celebrating 30 years of what has become our organization's largest fundraiser, it's hard to not think b...

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Every business that is involved in health and health care must now do its part. Time is of the essence; tobacco is an epidemic that must be stopped.

The Real Faces of Lung Cancer: One Woman's Journey to Survive

Harold Wimmer | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Today, I want to share the story of Janet Freeman-Daily from Seattle, Washington. She is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and advocate in the fight against lung cancer.

A Milestone Announcement: CVS Caremark Becomes First Major Drug Store to Ban Tobacco Sales

Harold Wimmer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

With CVS Caremark's announcement yesterday that they will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, at all CVS/pharmacy locations, the company took a bold step. This, I'm proud to say, is a great moment in the fight against tobacco.

End the Tobacco Epidemic: Enough is Enough -- Together, We Can Save Half a Million Lives Every Year

Harold Wimmer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Without stronger laws to protect people, the door is left wide open for the tobacco industry to take advantage. Cigarette manufacturers have bought companies that make e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products to grow their empire, increase profits and maintain power over our youth.

Smoking Bans and Car-Seat Bribes: 5 Lessons From the 50-Year Effort to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

Larry_Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Larry_Cohen

As we consider and celebrate these victories, we must also remember how far we have to go. Today, while the rate of smoking has dropped, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of 440,000 Americans each year.

Start Your Year Off Right -- Protect Your Family From Lung Cancer

Harold Wimmer | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Compiled all your New Year's resolutions, have you? Bet you don't have this one on your list, but it could save your life: Test your home for radon.

Make This the Last Year You Resolve to Quit Smoking

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

Every smoker can quit. At the American Lung Association, we firmly believe that every smoker can quit. Each person needs to find the right combination of techniques for them and above all, they need to keep trying.

No One Deserves Lung Cancer

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

I am confident that if the medical community, research community, business community, elected officials, patients, advocates, and family members all come together -- we could dedicate the necessary resources to combat this deadly disease.

Activist, Mother, ExxonMobil Shareholder: Jane Dale Owen

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Believing that she was suffering from the flu for a two-year period, Owen sought out doctors, toxicologists, and chemists. From them she learned about particulate matter and how it causes symptoms that mimic the signs of allergies such as hay fever.

Dr. Barrasso Goes to Washington ... to Kill Federal Health Protections?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

What happened to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, the orthopedic surgeon who years ago pledged to respect "hard-won scientific gains" and "prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure"?

NY's Clean Indoor Air Act: 10 Years of Smoke-free Air

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Despite our success in the last decade, tobacco use is still a major public health issue and there is still much to be done. What can we do to make even more progress in fighting tobacco and the disease it inflicts on New Yorkers?

The Cities With The Worst Air Pollution In The U.S.

Posted 04.24.2013 | Green

Air quality continues to improve across the United States, but over 40 percent of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of particle or ozon...