May 4, 2018
SPECIAL EDITION: Day at the Capitol 2018
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania hosted more than 500 lung health advocates, including youth, from across Pennsylvania to rally for Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action now and raise the minimum sales age for all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to 21 at the Main Capitol in Harrisburg. In addition, advocates urged support for sustaining Master Settlement Agreement funds to support lifesaving tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services throughout the commonwealth. At the event press conference, State Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Thomas Murt both committed to working together to introduce Tobacco 21 legislation, with the hope of having the legislation pass by this time next year.
More than 300 students from the TRU (Tobacco Resistance Unit) joined adult advocates in Harrisburg to enlist support for their efforts to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21. TRU is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, between ages 12 and 18, stay tobacco- and nicotine-free, and aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. A statewide movement, TRU is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT) and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.
The event also took place on World Asthma Day. Rep. Robert Matzie passed a resolution recognizing May 1, 2018 as “World Asthma Day” in Pennsylvania!
Please enjoy this short video of the 2018 Day at the Capitol in Pennsylvania!
Turquoise is the signature color of the LUNG FORCE movement. Since 2014, LUNG FORCE has collected stories of lung cancer patients, survivors and caregivers- these brave women and men are our “LUNG FORCE Heroes” and by sharing their stories we’re able to change perceptions of lung cancer – and to help others know their risk and understand why new methods of early detection are essential for saving lives. Now until May 26, you can visit a CVS Pharmacy and make a donation at the register to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education.
Penn State announced that the University will move to become tobacco and smoke-free across all campuses beginning with a launch in fall 2018. The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, all nicotine delivery devices and other tobacco products will be prohibited across all University-owned or leased properties, facilities and vehicles. As part of Penn State’s strategic priority to enhance health and wellness, the University is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. Penn State is the 11th school in the Big Ten Conference to implement such a policy.
For 19 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the “State of the Air” report. This year’s report that found ozone pollution worsened significantly in 2014-2016 compared to the previous report, while improvements continued in year-round particle pollution and fewer episodes of high particle days.