American Lung Association Monthly Newsletter - May 2022

Health and Fitness

May 19, 2022

May News: At long last, getting rid of menthol cigarettes

A Long Time Coming: Ending the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

The FDA proposals would remove menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars from the marketplace, and would represent the single most significant action taken by the FDA in its history of regulating tobacco products.

Simply put, these changes will save lives. More menthol smokers will quit, and kids won't be tempted to start. The tobacco industry has a history of targeting predominantly Black communities, and this is especially true of menthol cigarettes, more than 80% of which are smoked by Black Americans. Learn more.

This change won't happen without your voice. We need all our supporters to tell the FDA to finalize the rules and end the sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Send a pre-written message. This really does make a difference.

Safe Spring-Cleaning Tips

Some common household cleaning products may contain compounds that harm and reduce lung function, which is especially dangerous for people with asthma, COPD, or any chronic lung condition. So, before you clean, read about the steps you can take to clean safely and protect your lungs. Learn more.

Look What We Did to Hoover Dam!

While we were laser-focused on raising awareness about asthma for Asthma Awareness Month, real lasers were illuminating the Hoover Dam as part of our annual Turquoise Takeover campaign about lung cancer. We also recognized our 2021 Innovation Award recipient, Hyungjin Eoh, D.V.M., Ph.D. for his important research work in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Read about all our work, made possible by your steadfast support, in this month's Mission Moment.

Good Asthma Management Includes Protecting Against Pertussis

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an extremely contagious respiratory disease. While it can cause serious respiratory illness in people of all ages, there is an increased risk of infection and complications for adults with asthma. Learn more.

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Reducing the Burden of Asthma Through Changes in Public Policy

More than a decade ago, a broad coalition of experts, including the Lung Association, recognized that changes in public policy could directly reduce the burden of asthma on individuals and families. The result of this collaboration was the National Asthma Public Agenda, which has recently been updated to reflect the latest science about asthma, which affects 26 million Americans, including 6.1 million children. Please join us on June 1 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about the recommended policies and strategies to reduce asthma illness and death. Learn More >

NFTs: What Do You Think?

We want your thoughts on NFTs, even if you're wondering, “What the heck's an NFT?” Please take this super-short 4-question survey.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and we are joining the celebration of the rich culture and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals. Visit our AAPI Heritage Month webpage, and read Dr. Sonal Patel's featured blog post, “Asthma and Lung Health Disparities in the Asian American Community.”

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