The American Lung Association – Reducing Lung-Related Disease

Marc Caposino is communications and marketing director for Seamon Corporation, in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his career in marketing and communications, Marc Caposino has been involved with a number of charitable organizations including the American Lung Association.

As the longest-standing voluntary health agency, the American Lung Association is the leading organization dedicated to fighting conditions of the lungs. Through research, education, and advocacy, the American Lung Association is a force in the campaign against lung disease, childhood asthma, lung cancer, smoking and secondhand smoke, and the flu. The group also promotes measures that foster healthy, less polluted air.

Early January saw the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s recognition of the causative relationship between smoking and lung cancer, and recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the lung cancer rate has decreased. These statistics are due in large part to the efforts of tobacco control programs, such as those promoted by the American Lung Association. While the new statistics bring positive news that laws for smoke-free air, increased taxes on tobacco, and tobacco education are saving lives, more of these measures must be promoted to eliminate tobacco-related diseases entirely.

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