Gaining Momentum in the Fight Against Big Tobacco
On March 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health passed HR 1108 out of committee and sent it to the full committee for action. This historic action will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority it needs to regulate tobacco products, which are responsible for more than 438,000 deaths each year. Our work is nowhere near complete and we will continue to need your support as the bill is taken up by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 2nd. Click Here to send a letter to urge your Senators and Representative to pass this critical public health legislation. Also, if you have a Representative on the Energy and Commerce Committee please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 1st for a nationwide call-in day. We will send a reminder and talking points that day.

New Ozone Standards Adopted–But Falls Short for Public Health
On March 12th the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a critical tightening of the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone. A tighter ozone national air quality standard means federal, state, and local governments must clean up much more of this widespread and deadly air pollutant. Unfortunately, the EPA ignored the unanimous recommendations of their outside expert scientists, as well as the recommendations that we and 15 other national medical and public health societies had made for an even stronger standard that truly protected public health. In addition, EPA proposed measures that would weaken the Clean Air Act itself, efforts we will fight at every turn. For our statement please Click Here.

EPA Requires Cleaner Locomotive and Marine Diesel Engines
The American Lung Association salutes the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that will substantially cut the air pollution produced by locomotive and marine diesel engines. Communities across the nation urgently need this federal requirement to help clean up dangerous ozone and particle pollution. Cleaning up diesel locomotives and marine engines will save thousands of lives and greatly reduce the risk from asthma attacks, heart attacks, and lung cancer. For our statement please Click Here.

Comprehensive Tuberculosis Control Legislation Needed
Monday, March 24th was World TB Day. Initially founded to combat tuberculosis (TB) more than a century ago, the American Lung Association urges Congress to act decisively to finally eliminate TB in America. The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act, S. 1551/HR 1532, now pending in the Congress, would propel the U.S. Public Health Service’s efforts and lead international work to eradicate the infection globally. Click Here to urge your Member of Congress to support this legislation.

Your Help is Needed to Fund a COPD Program at CDC
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is on the rise. The American Lung Association is urging Congress to fund a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat COPD. Click Here to urge your Senators and Member of Congress to cosponsor the pulmonary rehabilitation bill.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Legislation is Needed for Millions of Americans
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are scientifically proven to improve the health and well being of patients with COPD and other lung diseases. Click Here to urge your Senators and Member of Congress to cosponsor the pulmonary rehabilitation bill

Virtual Lobby Day
On April 8th, American Lung Association volunteers from across the country will come to Washington to tell Congress why FDA tobacco regulation must become law this year. You can be a part of this important day from the comfort of your own home or office. Mark your calendars and join us in urging Congress to support giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. We will send you a reminder along with talking points on April 8th. Thank you in advance for your participation!