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April 29, 2024

Biden Administration Delays Menthol Ban

April 29, 2024 – Chicago, IL – Last Friday the Biden administration released a statement delaying issuance of a final rule eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. This comes despite the rules being widely supported by medical and public health organizations. “We have a responsibility to protect our citizens, especially our youth, from the effects […]
April 12, 2024

Asthma Caregiver’s Handbook Pre-Orders Available

In the next few months, Respiratory Health Association will be releasing its new Asthma Caregiver’s Handbook. This is a free resource for healthcare providers to support children and families with asthma. What is the Asthma Caregiver’s Handbook? The Asthma Caregiver’s Handbook is a compendium of resources for parents, guardians, and other caregivers of children with […]
April 9, 2024

RHA Statement on the Passing of Karen Yarbrough

During her tenure representing Maywood in the Illinois General Assembly, Karen Yarbrough was a champion for lung health and a leader in the fight for Smoke Free Illinois. She worked tirelessly, shoulder to shoulder with RHA and other organizations championing the importance of banning smoking in virtually all indoor public places in the state, and […]
March 15, 2024

Respiratory Health Association Endorses HB 4504/SB3203 – Capping the Cost of Co-Pays for Prescription Inhalers

Since 2000, many asthma patients have used Flovent as their go-to inhaler. However, in January 2024, drugmaker GSK announced the discontinuation of Flovent, in favor of producing a generic version. Prescription inhalers contain medications that prevent and treat symptoms – include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness- for people living with acute respiratory […]
March 7, 2024

Respiratory Health Association Announces CEO Search

CHICAGO, March 7, 2024 — Respiratory Health Association announced it has retained the executive search firm Growing Your Team® to lead the search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The announcement comes after current President and CEO Joel Africk announced his decision to retire in June 2024 after 34 years of service. The RHA Board […]
February 21, 2024

RHA Statement on FDA Inaction on Youth Vaping

In Illinois and across the nation, the surge in youth vaping isn’t just a matter of experimentation; it’s a public health crisis that demands immediate attention. Children are exposing themselves to harmful chemicals like nicotine and formaldehyde, which jeopardizes their developing bodies and increases the likelihood of addiction not just to nicotine, but to other […]
February 12, 2024

RHA Statement on the Introduction of ZYN to the US Market

This month, Phillip Morris International introduced ZYN, a nicotine pouch produced by Swedish Match, to the US market. This product is a small, occasionally flavored, pouch that is placed behind the lip to release nicotine to the user. Unfortunately, the product is being promoted to young American audiences through targeted social media campaigns, exposing yet […]
February 7, 2024

Respiratory Health Association Statement on Final U.S. EPA PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Announcement

February 7, 2024 – Chicago, IL – Respiratory Health Association (RHA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to significantly tighten the national ambient air quality standard for fine particulate matter (commonly called “soot”). As a respiratory irritant, fine particle pollution increases the number of asthma attacks, emergency room visits, respiratory hospitalizations, and premature […]
January 10, 2024

COVID-19 and the Flu

As we enter flu season, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot this year. Below is information on the importance of getting your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine, who should be getting these vaccinations, when and where you should get them. Why is the flu shot so important this year? The […]
November 28, 2023

Evanston Limits the Sale of E-Cigarettes, Flavored Tobacco, and Synthetic Nicotine

Evanston has once again shown itself to be a leader in the state of Illinois by keeping its residents safe from the health impacts of consuming tobacco products. In a City Council meeting on November 27, the Evanston City Council voted 6-3 to pass an ordinance banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and flavored […]
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