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September 24, 2021

Skokie Flavored Vaping Product Ban Falls Short

For Immediate Release September 24, 2021 Contact: Erica Krutsch [email protected] Respiratory Health Association Statement on Skokie’s Ban of Certain Flavored Vaping Products Skokie, IL – This week the village of Skokie passed an ordinance banning the sale of certain flavored vaping products within village limits. The ordinance is part of a local effort to curb […]
September 15, 2021

Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act Becomes Law

For Immediate Release September 15, 2021 Contact: Erica Krutsch [email protected] Respiratory Health Association Applauds Signing of Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Senate Bill 2408)  Legislation invests in clean energy, electric transportation in historic win for clean air and lung health CHICAGO –After more than three years of advocacy and grassroots organizing by Respiratory Health Association (RHA) […]
August 10, 2021

Protect Your Lungs from Summer Air Pollution

The summer months generally have more days with poor air quality. Ground-level ozone (smog) levels increase due to warmer temperatures, which can lead to difficulty breathing. This summer has been no different — and has also featured additional air pollution from wildfires in the U.S. Poor air quality can be bad for anyone. However, it is especially […]
August 6, 2021

Flu Shot is a Gift for Your Lungs

Vaccines are a safe and important part of medical care for everyone. Regular immunizations prevent common bugs like the flu and limit the spread of disease through our communities. For people living with lung disease, a flu shot is especially important. Someone with asthma or COPD: Has a greater risk of catching common infections like […]
July 29, 2021

Tips on Choosing a Wearable Fitness Tracker

Welcome back, summer! As the weather warms and the sun shines, mix up your exercise routine and head outside. Wearable fitness devices can help you track your exercise. There are many devices available today and it can be hard to choose one. Below are several tips and tricks to help you find one that’s right […]
July 15, 2021

A Recap of 2021 Lung Health Advocacy Victories

Together we made great progress toward healthy lungs and clean air for all during the spring legislative session. With your support, we advocated new laws and changes to benefit the health of everyone in Illinois. Join us in celebrating these victories,: RHA worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health on an advocacy effort to […]
June 29, 2021

COVID-19 Summer Updates: Continuing to Protect Yourself

About one third of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and nearly 72% of adults 65 or older are fully vaccinated. The CDC has stated fully vaccinated people (people who have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least two weeks ago) can resume most […]
June 28, 2021

LGBTQ+ Tobacco Use and Lung Health

During Pride Month, we celebrate LGBTQ+ communities. We also recognize people in these communities face numerous health disparities – an important reason to keep fighting for equality. Unfortunately, tobacco use among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults is known to be significantly higher compared to the general population. According to the CDC, 19.2% of LGB people […]
June 28, 2021

Dr. Nadia Hansel Receives 2021 Solovy Award for COPD Research

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is pleased to name Nadia Hansel, MD, MPH, as recipient of the 2021 Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD. Dr. Hansel is the Director of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The award is funded by the Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. […]
June 28, 2021

Building a Healthy Future Together

Your support made it possible for us to have an impact in communities throughout Illinois and beyond this past year. Together we faced new challenges, found new solutions, and made progress toward a future free of lung disease. As we come to the end of our program year, we want to share some of our […]
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