American Lung Association News: May 16, 2024

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May 16, 2024

Lung Cancer Action Week & Turquoise Takeover
Last week the nation turned turquoise as part of the annual Lung Cancer Action Week and Turquoise Takeover celebration.

Hundreds of iconic buildings and landmarks illuminated turquoise in honor of the special week, including: Camden Yards, Lincoln Financial Field, the Seattle Great Wheel, Beverly Center, Soldier Field and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (above).

Thousands of volunteers and on?air news media personalities across the nation donned their turquoise gear to raise awareness about lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Our elected officials also issued proclamations and resolutions to honor Lung Cancer Action Week. Participating states included Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

You can get involved through our LUNG FORCE initiative at www.LUNGFORCE.org.
Asthma Awareness Month: Three Ways You Can Help
During Asthma Awareness Month, we're raising awareness about the current issues and challenges for more than 26.8 million people living with asthma, including access and disruptions to medication, the unequal burden of asthma in the Black community, how to avoid asthma triggers, and rethinking asthma testing.

You can help and get involved by:

- learning more about asthma programs and research;
- joining one of our free asthma webinars or Asthma Basics workshops; or
- advocating for increased funding for the CDC’S National Asthma Control Program and the Family Asthma Act.

Worst Air Quality Days in 25 Years
The Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report revealed that people in the U.S. experienced the most days with “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” air quality due to particle pollution in 25 years. The report also noted that spikes in deadly particle pollution are the most severe they’ve been in the history of the report. More troubling is the fact that 131 million people (39%) are living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, and climate change is making it harder to clean up the air. Take action now.

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How to Create a Lasting Legacy

Out of the grief of losing her family, Lesley Reznicek found solace in giving back to causes close to her heart. By naming the American Lung Association as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, she gained a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment. Read her story and learn how you can create a lasting legacy of hope for people living with the burden of lung disease.
Protecting Your Lungs While on the Job
Long?term and repeated exposures to dust, chemicals, fumes, and vapors in your workplace may increase your risk of developing COPD. In fact, 15% of all people diagnosed with COPD were exposed to COPD risk factors from their jobs.

The Lung Association developed resources to build awareness about work?related COPD:

- Take the Workplace Lung Exposure Assessment to understand your risk for work?related exposures.
- Register for the Work?Related COPD: Protecting Your Lungs While on the Job webinar in June.
- Visit Lung.org/workplace-COPD.
Keep Your Home Healthy This Spring

Spring cleaning kicks up dust collected from the colder months spent indoors. Dusting can improve the quality of air you breathe in your home. Swiffer, a Proud Partner of the American Lung Association, helps to trap and lock dust, keeping it out of the air and out of your lungs. Swiffer and the Lung Association developed a dust resource that shows the safest ways to clean your home and protect those who are adversely affected by dust. Learn more.