American Lung Association Monthly News - May 2023

Health and Fitness

May 18, 2023

Turning Turquoise for Lung Cancer

For one week in May, we turn the nation turquoise to raise awareness about lung cancer during the annual Turquoise Takeover and Lung Cancer Action Week celebration. But it wasn't just LUNG FORCE volunteers and news anchors looking good in turquoise.

There were over 100 nationwide illuminations of iconic landmarks, including Chicago’s Soldier Field (pictured above), Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens), Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles), LAX International Airport, the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (D.C.), and Kentucky’s Governor’s Mansion.

We also saw the Governors of states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Illinois, issue proclamations or resolutions to commemorate Lung Cancer Action Week.

You can get involved with our LUNG FORCE initiative by visiting www.LUNGFORCE.org.

Asthma Awareness Month: We Could Use Your Help

May is Asthma Awareness Month, so we’re asking members of Congress to increase funding for the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, which currently operates in only 23 states! Sign the petition.

Asthma Resources:

- Asthma Disease Info

- Asthma Basics (free 1 hour course)

- Patient and Caregiver Network

Meet the Ambassadors
Our new Ambassador Council brings together high?profile volunteers to elevate and advance the lifesaving mission of the American Lung Association. Meet the Ambassadors.

A May Triple Play
Your generous support fueled a May triple play of advocacy, research and education: While supporters were turning the nation turquoise, we were recruiting teens and young adults living with asthma for an important new research study, and hosting educational webcasts and courses about asthma, COPD and tobacco use in Hispanic or Latino communities. Step up to the plate and read all about it in this month's Mission Moment.

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No Menthol Sunday

We are joining The Center for Black Health & Equity on Sunday, May 21 for No Menthol Sunday, a day of action and outreach to raise awareness about the dangers of mentholated tobacco products and the detrimental impact tobacco has on Black communities.

On May 21, we’re asking all of our Lung Association supporters to engage with friends, family and faith?based communities to share educational resources on the impact of menthol and the programs available to help people quit.

Visit NoMentholSunday.org for toolkits, resources and more information, and Lung.org/QuitSmoking.
What Does the End of the COVID?19 Public Health Emergency Mean?
On May 11, the public health emergency tied to the COVID?19 pandemic ended. While this doesn’t mean that COVID?19 is over, it does mean that coverage of COVID?19 testing and treatment is likely to change.

The Lung Association monitors any changes to COVID?19 care to help you navigate this transition while providing current, science?based information. Stay informed at Lung.org/COVID-19.