American Lung Association http://wesa.fm en Cancer Society Proposes $1 Increase In Cigarette Tax http://wesa.fm/post/cancer-society-proposes-1-increase-cigarette-tax <p>A $1 tax increase could cause 77,000 adults to quit smoking and prevent 85,000 kids from ever starting smoking in Pennsylvania, according to the American Cancer Society.</p><p>The organization and its affiliate the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association to convince Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider adding a dollar to the $1.60 per pack tax.</p><p>The groups are saying that the increase could save almost 50,000 lives in Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:36:01 +0000 Jess Lasky 30309 at http://wesa.fm Particulate Pollution Down, Smog Up in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/particulate-pollution-down-smog-pittsburgh <p>A new report shows that Pittsburgh’s air quality has improved – but it still received failing grades.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to the American Lung Association’s </span><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/">15<sup>th</sup></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/"> annual “State of the Air”</a> report measuring the amount of pollution throughout the nation. &nbsp;The study found that&nbsp;147.6 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:47:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 28393 at http://wesa.fm American Lung Association Gives PA Poor Grades for Tobacco Prevention http://wesa.fm/post/american-lung-association-gives-pa-poor-grades-tobacco-prevention <p>A new report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association gives Pennsylvania lackluster grades with regard to anti-smoking laws and programs.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org">State of Tobacco Control 2014 report</a>&nbsp;gives the Keystone state an “F” for funding of tobacco prevention and control programs, a “C” for smokefree air, a “C” for tobacco taxation, and an “F” for cessation coverage by insurance companies.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 23141 at http://wesa.fm Downtown Stair Climbers to Raise Lung Health Awareness, Research Dollars http://wesa.fm/post/downtown-stair-climbers-raise-lung-health-awareness-research-dollars <p>Many organizations say to accomplish their goals they take it one step at a time. The American Lung Association (ALA) means that literally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday in downtown Pittsburgh 478 participants are expected to climb 897 steps to raise $120,000 for the ALA in the organization’s second annual "Fight For Air Climb."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers don’t stop there.</span></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 5016 at http://wesa.fm