Laura Dern is kicking off the American Lung Association’s 2021 LUNG FORCE Walk

She won her first Oscar just last year, but today, Laura Dern is championing a different kind of effort, one that continues to affect women and men everywhere. “Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in women,” Laura tells Forbes. Now as an Advisor to the American Lung Association’s National Board of Directors, Laura has joined Lung Association’s mission to strengthen public awareness, push for initiatives that help support communities that are adversely affected by lung cancer and raise funds to promote research, in hopes of protecting others from a disease that has directly impacted her own family.

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Tobacco Industry-Funded Group Obscures Its Ties to Infiltrate Scientific Journals

Researchers affiliated with the Foundation for a Smoke Free World – an organization funded entirely by tobacco company Philip Morris International – and its staff members failed to disclose tobacco industry links and relied on confusion about the organization to leverage tobacco industry research for publication in reputable scientific journals, according to research published in Tobacco Control.

In addition to Big Tobacco’s obfuscation, research journals fail to apply existing conflict of interest policies on tobacco industry-funded research, underscoring the need for stronger enforcement of policies that clarify ties to the tobacco industry.

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FDA Commits to Evidence-Based Actions Aimed at Saving Lives and Preventing Future Generations of Smokers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is committing to advancing two tobacco product standards to significantly reduce disease and death from using combusted tobacco products, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

The FDA is working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars; the authority to adopt product standards is one of the most powerful tobacco regulatory tools Congress gave the agency. This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products and builds on important, previous actions that banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009.

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UPMC St. Margaret to Host Free Program on Dangers of Vaping

E-cigarettes, the trendy smoking alternative which skyrocketed to popularity in recent years, remains a public health crisis, UPMC St. Margaret respiratory physicians warned.

Hospital officials are coordinating with the St. Margaret Foundation to host a virtual program to explain the risks. "A Closer Look at Vaping” will feature Respiratory Therapist Carmen Allmond and Director of Respiratory Services Mark Normile, both on staff at UPMC St. Margaret.

“I witness the results of the use of e-cigarettes, which can release dangerous chemicals and trace metals into the lungs that cause heart and lung disease,” Normile said. “We feel it is important to share information about the dangers of using these products, especially with impressionable children and teens.”

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Lung Force Expo 2021
Virtual Program for Healthcare Professionals
June 24, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 6:35 PM CT
Exhibit Hall opens at 10:30 AM

Join us for the nationwide virtual Lung Force Expo to learn about the latest trends in research, treatments and recommendations for lung cancer, COPD and other lung diseases. Continuing Education credits are available for nurses, respiratory therapists, and Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®).
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Public Health Roadmap: Promoting Tobacco Use Dependency Treatment in Behavioral Health Setting

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 12:00 PM CDT (1:00 PM EDT)

Join the American Lung Association for an interactive webcast, ideal for public health professionals of any level. Attendees can expect to:
  • Increase confidence to engage and partner with systems and care teams in behavioral health settings that are interested in improving how they promote and integrate evidence-based tobacco use dependency treatment services.

  • Learn more about the best practices and lessons learned during the 2021 Health Systems Change Cohort group, hosted and facilitated by the American Lung Association.

  • Learn about new resources and tools for public health professionals, to coach community partners in behavioral health systems change.
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Resource Hub for Effective Tobacco Cessation Coverage and Health Systems Change - Key resources, webcasts, and toolkits to help states and the tobacco control community improve tobacco cessation coverage and integration into health systems

Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch - One-hour tobacco brief intervention training for healthcare professionals

PA Free Quitline / Quitlogix - Providing support to Pennsylvanians who are thinking about quitting, not yet ready to quit, or have already quit

E-Cigarettes: Talk to Youth About the Risks - CDC data, guidance and resources to help parents, teachers, and health care providers talk to youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes

Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU) - Statewide movement to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco-free

Not On Tobacco (NOT) - Vaping and tobacco cessation program designed for teens ages 14 to 19 and taught by a trained and certified adult in ten, 50-minute sessions

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) - An alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way by teaching students about nicotine dependence and how to kick their unhealthy addiction

Save Our Lungs Team - A collection of lung health advocates committed to sending a strong message to Congress to let key decision makers know how important it is to fight back against tobacco companies and stand up for lung health for all
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