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Asthma. Open Airways For Schools is the American Lung Association's elementary-school education program for children with asthma. Open Airways teaches children with asthma to understand and manage their illness so they can lead more normal lives.
Tobacco control. The American Lung Association offers a variety of smoking control and prevention programs targeted to specific groups-some aimed at adults, others intended for school use, and still others designed to build bridges between the home and school and involve community leaders along with parents and educators.
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), is an important part of the American Lung Association? drive to eliminate tobacco use among youth. TATU is a peer-teaching tobacco control program aimed at deterring youngsters from taking up smoking.
Environmental health. Lung disease can be caused or aggravated by air pollution, both indoors and out. The American Lung Association is active in the pollution control arena and has become the leading public advocate for clean air, as well as the chief source of information and public education on the health hazards of air pollution.
Research and professional education. the American Lung Association funds a broad program of grants and awards designed to further both basic and applied research in lung function and lung disease. This funding has led to such major breakthroughs as the use of lifesaving surfactant therapy for thousands of premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).
Advocacy programs. The American Lung Association's advocacy programs seek to influence the development and enforcement of laws and regulations related to lung health at the national, state and local levels, providing authoritative information to policymakers. The Lung Association played a major role, for example, in the passage of the landmark federal Clean Air Act, as well as the law prohibiting smoking on domestic passenger airline flights. And as a result of an American Lung Association lawsuit filed in 1993, the Environmental Protection Agency established revised, stricter air quality standards for smog and soot in July 1997.
Facts and Statistics
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death, claiming the lives of 177,000 Americans annually.
More than one million people in the Chicagoland area suffer from some form of lung disease, including more than 195,000 children with asthma.
The leading cause of hospitalizations for children under 15.
The most common chronic illness among children and responsible for one in six pediatric emergency room visits in the U.S.
If you are unable to get your flu shot this year, it is more important than ever to be vigilant and take some simple steps to help prevent the spread of the flu. Below are suggestions from the American Lung Association:
Wash your hands often. The most common way to catch the flu is to touch your own eyes, nose or mouth with germy hands. So keep your hands clean, and away from your face.
Keep your distance when you are sick or if you are around someone else who is sick.
Keep it to yourself. One gift you can give others is to help prevent other people from catching your flu. We highly recommend that you stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Remember, you can still spread germs up to 7 days after getting sick.
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