American Lung Association News: February 15, 2024

Health and Fitness

February 15, 2024

February News: How to be a part of lung health history

Be a Part of History: Join the Lung Health Cohort Study
Little is currently known about the evolution of lung disease and how a young, healthy adult's lung function changes over time. Made possible by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Lung Association Lung Health Cohort is the first?ever longitudinal lung health study following 4,000 healthy individuals between the ages of 25 and 35 aiming to unlock the mysteries of lung disease. To learn more, visit: Lung.org/lung-study.
Tell the White House to Act on Menthol Cigarettes
Our annual “State of Tobacco Control” report revealed the ongoing devastation of tobacco use across the country, but right now the White House has a historic opportunity to do something about it.

We’re asking everyone who cares about lung health to tell the White House to finalize the rules to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

You can also see your state’s grade on tobacco use and prevention efforts.
What’s Causing Such Severe Winter Weather?
Spoiler alert: it’s climate change, and it is wreaking havoc with something called the polar vortex. Read about how and why this happening.
Highlights of Lung Health Leadership
Our Annual Report showcases how we have been able to expand our efforts to protect lung health, largely due to your unwavering support and involvement. Read the report and find out how you can get involved.

Top Lung News:
- Investing in Tomorrow: Meet Three Rising Stars in Lung Research
- Five Things to Know about Whooping Cough
- The Importance of Accurate Lung Cancer Staging
- February Mission Moment

More Lung News
Improving Lung Health in the Black Community
During Black History Month, we pay tribute to the history, heritage and contributions of Black people in the United States. We also encourage everyone to learn about the inequities in lung health as a result of racism and targeted marketing from the tobacco industry. Right now, you can help in the effort to improve lung health for all by taking action to end sales of menthol cigarettes.
An Easy ‘No?Cost?Now’ Way to Give
If you want to help save lives from lung disease for generations to come with a gift that doesn’t affect your current finances, then a beneficiary designation could be the best option for you. Naming the American Lung Association as a beneficiary of a financial account doesn’t require a trip to your attorney’s office, and it also could help save on taxes for your loved ones down the road. Request complimentary planning resources.
We’re Celebrating 120 Years of Impact
This year, we invite you to help the American Lung Association celebrate our 120th anniversary.

-- Check out our interactive, historical timeline of key milestones and public health achievements.
-- Watch and share our 120th Anniversary video.

April COPD Educator Course: Registration is Open
The COPD Educator Course provides healthcare professionals with evidence-based strategies, best practices and the latest advancements in COPD management. 99% of past attendees have said they recommend or highly recommend this course to colleagues. Learn more and register today.
No?Cost Radon Testing Available
There are three things you should know about radon:

-- Exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non?smokers in the United States.
-- Radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, so it often goes undetected for years.
-- Every U.S. state has homes measured with radon levels above recommended levels.

This year the Lung Association has partnered with Protect Environmental to build awareness and provide no?cost professional radon testing in select markets. No?cost testing may be available in your area. Learn more.