Lung Health Updates - January 2020
Your January Lung Health Updates
Protect Your Family with a Home Radon Test in 2020
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It can enter homes through cracks in the foundation and go unnoticed for long periods of time – potentially causing long-term lung health problems for those living inside. Low cost, do-it-yourself home testing kits are easy to find and can help keep you safe.
An Update on the New Coronavirus
A new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China has spread to other countries in Asia and now to the United States. The virus, known currently as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has five confirmed cases in the U.S. including one Chicago-area resident.

Coronaviruses like this are part of a group of viruses that may lead to lung illness, with symptoms that at first are similar to those of the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms associated with cases of the new virus have included fever, cough and trouble breathing. The CDC says the immediate risk to the American public is low at this time. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms and take steps to prevent further outbreak of the virus.
Maureen Remembers Her Mother with Each Step
For Maureen Campbell, losing her mother to lung cancer also meant losing her best friend and inspiration. While navigating her grief, Maureen learned about RHA's Hustle Chicago® stair climb.

She signed-up and trained, pushing herself to the finish line to honor her mother's memory. Now three years and two climbs later, she is preparing to climb once again.
US Passes National Tobacco 21 Law
A new law signed in December 2019 makes it illegal for retailers across the country to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products to anyone under 21 a big public health win as 95% of adult smokers take up the habit before they turn 21.

On its own, however, this new law is not enough. We urge further action from the federal government to prevent youth smoking, beginning with enforcement of the law.
Jewelry Television is Partnering with RHA to Support Women's Lung Health
Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Women are at a greater risk of developing lung disease than men. Nearly 21 million U.S. women live with lung diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Millions more have early symptoms but haven’t been diagnosed.

We are excited to announce Jewelry Television (JTV) is again partnering with us as part of our Catch Your Breath® campaign, which raises awareness and funding for women's lung health initiatives . Throughout the month of February, JTV is offering a variety of promotions to its customers to support RHA and Catch Your Breath, including a custom-designed butterfly key chain. For each key chain sold, half the sales price will be donated to RHA!
We Can Help Make 2020 A Smoke-Free Year
Every year, more than 1 million people quit smoking for good. Deciding to quit is the first step toward improved health. If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting, our resources offer support and guidance toward a smoke-free future. 
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