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The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Through research, education and advocacy, we fight to reduce smoking, clean the air we breathe, prevent and treat lung diseases including asthma and COPD, and eliminate lung cancer.
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Buying Dirty Air

Our annual State of the Air reports tell us that Californians face greater air pollution challenges than anywhere in the nation. Our volunteers, medical and health partners and staff fight for clean air because we know the terrible toll unhealthy air c...Read More »

Does Baseball Promote the Use of Smokeless Tobacco?

I grew up going to baseball games, specifically Dodger games, but this blog post is not about which baseball team is the best. (Go Dodgers!) Many of my friends growing up, including my little brother, played baseball.  I spent countless evenings at the little league field and at my high school Read More »

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So how can non-smokers like the BBC's Nick Robinson get lung cancer?

Bronchial carcinoid tumours are a form of cancer known as neuroendocrine tumours. ...10 to 20 per cent occur in the lungs... In fact, while smoking is by far the most common cause of the 43,000 cases of lung cancer each year, 14 per cent of people who devRead more »

Cigarettes DON'T keep you slim: Young women who smoke actually gain three times as much weight as non-smokers

Researchers at the Oregon Research Institute in the U.S. tracked 400 young women over two years. The smokers gained significantly more weight than non-smokers after taking into account weight at the start of the study, parental obesity, and other factorsRead more »