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December 11, 2018

RHA Partners with Third Graders to Reduce Tobacco Use

You’re never too young to be an advocate. On Tuesday, December 4, RHA’s Tobacco team visited Ms. Walmsley’s 3rd grade class at the Village Leadership Academy (VLA), a Chicago elementary school with a progressive curriculum model. VLA is unique because it incorporates social justice into the curriculum. Every grade level chooses a Grassroots Campaign, or […]
December 11, 2018

Tobacco21 Update

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Illinois House failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Tobacco 21 bill, legislation that would reduce youth access to tobacco products. Governor Rauner vetoed the legislation in August and state senators voted to override Rauner’s veto in November. The override needed 71 votes in the House to […]
December 11, 2018

Pursuing Cures with RHA

Lung disease may be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but it receives hundreds of millions of dollars less in research funding compared to other leading causes of death. Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is committed to closing this gap and supporting research to explore new and innovative treatments. For many of […]
December 11, 2018

There’s Something for Everyone at Hustle Chicago 2019

Whether you are a fitness buff, a philanthropic soul, or would do anything your friends tag you in on Facebook—there’s something for everyone at Hustle Chicago 2019. In its 22nd year, Hustle Chicago continues to attract thousands of participants each February with different motivations for climbing to the top of the iconic building at 875 […]
December 11, 2018

2018 Successes–We’re Grateful For Your Support

2018 has been a big year for social change, and some of that change is happening right in our own back yard, thanks to your generous support. This year, Respiratory Health Association has reached great heights in our lung disease research, education, and policy change efforts. We’re grateful that we get to work with community […]
November 20, 2018

15th Annual Living Better Together COPD Conference Hosts 350 Guests

At Respiratory Health Association we work to empower people living with lung disease by teaching them skills to manage their health. With proper care, many people with chronic respiratory disease can live full and active lives. One way we reach people is through our annual Living Better Together COPD Conference. Nearly 16 million Americans have […]
November 20, 2018

RHA Raises $156,000 for the Local Fight Against Lung Disease at Annual CHILL Fundraiser

On Thursday, November 8, Respiratory Health Association participated in LuxeHome’s annual event, CHILL: An International Wine and Culinary Event at the historic Merchandise Mart. Over 1,000 RHA guests sampled a variety of international wines and gourmet foods from Chicago’s premier restaurants to support Respiratory Health Association’s education, research, and policy change efforts. LuxeHome’s event supports […]
November 14, 2018

Statement Supporting Wider Restrictions on Vaping Products and E-Cigarettes

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) applauds the expected FDA action to ban sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations across the country. Vaping devices, such as the widely popularized Juul, have become a mainstay in places of education, with 42.2 percent of U.S. high school students having used an e-cigarette. Recent data […]
October 25, 2018

RHA’s Counsel to Quit Program Takes New Approach to Help People Quit Smoking

Research shows that just 3-10 minutes of counseling from a healthcare provider can increase an individual’s success in quitting smoking by 60%. Unfortunately, smokers often don’t receive counseling when they meet with their doctor, nurse, mental health counselor or other provider. Whether it’s because of time constraints, lack of knowledge about effective tobacco treatment or […]
October 25, 2018

RHA Recognizes Youth Advocates, Awards DeYoung Medal at Annual Recognition Night

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) believes in a future free of lung disease. A world without lung cancer, asthma or COPD. A world with clean air, where everyone breathes easier. RHA can’t build that future without devoted advocates, supporters and partners. On Thursday, October 11, RHA recognized some of the outstanding volunteers and supporters that share […]
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