American Lung Association
- Homepage: http://www.lungusa.org/
April 2004: "The American Lung Association® is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association® today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. The American Lung Association® is funded by contributions from the public, along with gifts and grants from corporations, foundations and government agencies. The American Lung Association® achieves its many successes through the work of thousands of committed volunteers and staff."http://www.lungusa.org/history/
February 2011: '"It's definitely a problem we've seen, and we get a lot of complaints," says American Lung Association spokesperson Kimberly Williams, who points out that in December a Surgeon General report concluded that even the smallest amount of second-hand smoke exposure is harmful.'http://www.readthehook.com/88861/where-theres-smoke-theres-ire-condo-conflict-lights-hessian-hills
December 2005: 'EPA set [the current] standards in 1997, when we knew so much less than we do now about the health impact of particle pollution. We now know better,' said John L. Kirkwood, president of the American Lung Association. 'There is no excuse to set the new standards at levels that still do not meet the basic legal requirement outlined in the Clean Air Act, to protect the lives and health of the public.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/20/AR2005122001412.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John L. Kirkwood Person Dec 21, 2005
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 15, 2011 Where there's smoke, there's ire: Condo conflict lights up in Hessian Hills
QUOTE: Residents feeling tarred and nicotined by smoking neighbors are not unusual....an anti-tobacco video from California shows how smoke can seep through apartment complexes.
Hook Jun 30, 2008 Black Lawmakers Seek Restrictions on Menthol Cigarettes
QUOTE: The 43-member caucus is taking aim at a provision in the bill that would ban candy-, fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes but that specifically exempts menthol. In recent weeks the exemption has become the focus of controversy because menthol brands are heavily used by black smokers, who develop a large share of smoking-related cancers and other health risks.
New York Times May 13, 2008 Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency
QUOTE: But those new strictures would exempt menthol — even though menthol masks the harsh taste of cigarettes for beginners and may make it harder for the addicted to kick the smoking habit. For years, public health authorities have worried that menthol might be a factor in high cancer rates in African-Americans.
New York Times Jul 17, 2007 Tobacco Bill Includes Compromise and Criticism
QUOTE: As legislative changes go, the switch allowing cloves to be added to cigarettes instead of being banned was a relatively small one in a landmark bill to regulate tobacco products, but the bill’s detractors say it is symbolic of the bill’s unacceptable compromises.
New York Times Jun 22, 2007 EPA Chief Proposes Tougher Ground-Level Pollution Standards for Ozone
QUOTE: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said yesterday that current limits on ozone air pollution do not adequately protect public health as he released a proposed regulation to lower the limit by as much as 20 percent in coming decades. The proposal came under immediate attack by business and industry groups.
Washington Post May 11, 2007 Puffing Away That PG Rating
QUOTE: Under the new policy, a film’s rating will consider all tobacco use, rather than just teenage smoking, as in the past. But the board stopped short of guaranteeing that tobacco use would be considered as heavily as sex, violence or drug use in assigning a rating.
New York Times Feb 07, 2007 New no-smoking frontier: condos and apartments: Seniors are leading the way in the new battle to ban smoking from communal environments.
QUOTE: Smoke-free policies in private dwellings are also taking hold because state and federal laws do not protect smokers in the same way that they protect people from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and national origin, say experts. But banning a legal behavior in someone's own home is an intrusion of privacy that could set a dangerous precedent that, taken to extremes, could allow government to regulate too much in private life, opponents say.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 28, 2006 This fall, new push against Big Tobacco: A record eight states have antismoking initiatives on the ballot, including ones that would raise taxes per pack.
QUOTE: This fall, voters in a record eight states will be voting on tobacco-control initiatives that range from sharply higher taxes to smoking bans in most workplaces...But those opposed to the new tax, a combination of tobacco interests and business groups say it would "exacerbate" the smuggling problem and perhaps give extra money to those raising money for terrorism.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 21, 2005 Proposed Standards for Air Quality Criticized
QUOTE: The Bush administration proposed a modest tightening of federal air-quality standards yesterday for the first time in eight years, drawing protests from both public health and industry officials....fell short of what the EPA's scientific advisory board proposed earlier this year.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2004 Medicare Plan Would Cut Cancer Drug Coverage
QUOTE: Almost half of Medicare's drug budget of $10.5 billion went for cancer drugs, at rates that are based on supposed wholesale price lists provided by the drug makers. But the prices paid by doctors are typically much lower.
New York Times Apr 04, 2004 Changing All the Rules
QUOTE: Having long flouted the new-source review law, many of the nation's biggest power companies were facing, in the last months of the 1990's, an expensive day of reckoning. E.P.A. investigators had caught them breaking the law. To make amends, the power companies were on the verge of signing agreements to clean up their plants, which would have delivered one of the greatest advances in clean air in the nation's history. Then George W. Bush took office, and everything changed.
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