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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 […]
November 17, 2023

Be Mindful of Air Pollution from Gas Stoves on Thanksgiving

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Americans eat turkey, take naps, and watch sports. They probably aren’t thinking about how much they use their kitchen stove to cook a holiday meal – but they should. If you’re one of the over 79% of Illinoisans who cook with gas, you should know that it’s the biggest source of […]
September 28, 2023

RHA and Partners Awarded Federal Grant to Improve Air Quality by Reducing Transportation Emissions

CHICAGO – Respiratory Health Association (RHA), in partnership with ComEd, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories, announced it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive one of just seven awards made nationally through the federal Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) initiative. The […]
September 5, 2023

State of Illinois First to Fund School Asthma Program – RESCUE Program Aims to Keep Kids with Asthma in School

September 5, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Respiratory Health Association (RHA) and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have launched the RESCUE Illinois Schools program. RESCUE, which stands for Resources for Every School Confronting Unexpected Emergencies, will serve over 3,000 schools in Illinois in its first year. The purpose of the program is to […]
August 30, 2023

Meenal B. Patwardhan, MD, MHSA, Joins RHA Board of Directors

August 30, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Respiratory Health Association is proud to announce the election of Dr. Meenal B. Patwardhan, MD, MHSA, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Patwardhan’s extensive experience in academia, evidence-based practice, healthcare policy, as well as her leadership in the pharmaceutical industry and expertise in clinical research make her a […]
August 28, 2023

Constellation Executive Dwayne Pickett Joins RHA Board of Directors

August 28, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Respiratory Health Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwayne Pickett to the board of directors. As a member of the Board of Directors, Dwayne will help guide the strategic direction of RHA and promote corporate engagement. His commitment to excellence, innovation, and community engagement makes him […]
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