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August 18, 2023

A FORCE To Be Reckoned With

On World Lung Cancer Day earlier this month, we highlighted the stories of three LUNG FORCE Heroes who step up and speak out to inspire, encourage and advocate for lung health. Meet our heroes.

Want to help?
Your story can help make the case for better healthcare policy and clean air protections. Be a hero and share your story.

Q&A With an RRT

Michael O’Brien, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) specializing in pediatrics at UVA Health Children’s Hospital, answers questions about treating and managing chronic lung disease in children. Read more.

Protecting Our Four-Legged Friends

Your pet is more sensitive to the effects of nicotine than you are, making them much more susceptible to nicotine poisoning. Read more.

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Are You Prepared for Respiratory Virus Season?

During National Immunization Awareness Month, protect your health by staying up?to?date on all recommended annual vaccinations. This is especially important for older adults and those with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions, such as COPD or asthma.

Speak with your healthcare provider about which vaccines are recommended for you and learn more:

Infectious Respiratory Disease Basics course

Get Prepared to Send Children With Asthma Back to School

As parents and schools are preparing for the new school year, the Lung Association has several helpful resources.
Learn more about asthma with Asthma Basics.
Find helpful tips in the online guides, Asthma in Schools: The Basics for Parents and the Back to School with Asthma Checklist for parents.
School personnel can support Asthma?Friendly Schools by using the Back to School with Asthma: Toolkit for Schools.

Sponsored Content

A Physician’s Perspective on Chronic Cough

Sponsored by Merck
People with chronic cough may feel embarrassed or frustrated about their cough. Dr. Warner Carr shares how some patients struggle and have been told to, “just stop coughing.” For more information, visit The Cough Chronicles, an educational resource sponsored by Merck in collaboration with the Lung Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy & Asthma Network.

Quit Smoking for Good with NRT Healthy Living

While tobacco use has been declining for decades, more than 30 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and 47 million use at least one tobacco product. The Lung Association and Aurohealth with NRT Healthy Living products are working together to educate people who are ready to quit tobacco about the effectiveness of combining behavioral counseling and cessation medication. Through the partnership, 50 Freedom From Smoking scholarships will be awarded to Healthy Living customers. Learn more on how to quit smoking and vaping for good.

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider About Treatment Options Including Clinical Trials

Alpha?1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a rare genetic disorder that can affect the lungs. When the body’s normal production of the AAT protein is disrupted, the lungs are more easily damaged by irritants like smoke, pollution or dust. This can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Treatment can help people manage their symptoms to live a better life, and investigational therapies are being developed through clinical trials. Learn more about AATD at Lung.org or search available clinical trials.