American Lung Association June News: Preparing Yourself for Poor Air quality This Summer

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June 20, 2024

Protecting Your Lungs in Emergencies & Natural Disasters

People living with lung disease are particularly vulnerable to the poor air quality caused by natural disasters and extreme weather events, which are being fueled and supercharged by climate change.

Emergency & Natural Disaster Preparedness on Lung.org

Find out what to do and how to protect yourself and your loved ones:

- Extreme Heat and Poor Air Quality

- Wildfires and Dust Storms

- Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Earthquakes

- Floods & Water Damage

- 10 Tips to Prepare for a Natural Disaster (.pdf)

Good to know: In partnership with the Canadian Lung Association, we’re working to raise awareness about the dangers and health risks of wildfire smoke. Learn more about this new cross?border collaboration.

What Happened on June 6, 1904?

On June 6, 1904—120 years ago this month—the American Lung Association was founded as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the first voluntary health organization in the U.S.

Join us in celebrating 120 years of impact, and learn more about the ways we have improved public health from 1904 to the present day.

We Need Your Help: Tell Congress to Support Supplemental Oxygen Reform

The Lung Association and 30 of the leading patient, provider and professional organizations have sent a letter to Congress calling for support of the Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform or SOAR Act (S. 3821/H.R. 7829).

Now we need your help: Tell your member of Congress to cosponsor this vital and important piece of legislation. Your actions really do make a difference.

Further reading: Navigating Challenges of Oxygen Accessibility.

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Gifts That Pay You Income + Tax Savings

You can make your retirement more secure while sustaining the Lung Association’s research, education and advocacy. By creating a charitable gift annuity (CGA) with the Lung Association, you’ll receive a fixed annual income for life along with tax benefits. Plus, if you’re age 70 ½ or older, you can fund your gift with a one?time, tax?free distribution. See how it works.

Asthma Increases Risk for Pneumococcal Pneumonia

It might surprise you, but adults 65 and older aren’t the only ones at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. Adults 19 – 64 living with certain underlying health conditions, including asthma, are also at increased risk.

Most people also don’t know that pneumococcal pneumonia is responsible for an estimated 150,000 hospitalizations per year.

Help protect yourself against this potentially serious bacterial lung disease by visiting www.Lung.org/pneumococcal and talking to your healthcare provider. Resources developed by the Lung Association in partnership with Pfizer.

Keep your Home Cool and Healthy

With the summer heat upon us, make sure your home is healthy by taking care of your indoor air quality. AprilAire has partnered with the American Lung Association to help spread the word about the importance of breathing healthy air inside your home. Stay cool and breathe easy knowing you’re keeping your home safe from allergens, VOCs, and other pollutants as well as maintaining the proper level of humidity to support your lung health and ability to breathe. To learn more about AprilAire and how to improve the air quality inside your home, visit www.Lung.org.