Taking action for lung health
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources.This month's issue includes:
- January is National Radon Action Month
- Register now for Courage to Quit
- Cigarette tax would save lives
- Get Involved: Be a Lung Health Champion
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Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it could be in your home. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that is released by the decay of uranium, a naturally-occurring rock found in soil. As it is released, radon can seep through cracks in the foundation of a home and damage lungs upon inhalation.
Cook County and its collar counties are in a moderate zone for radon potential, and anyone who lives in a single family home or in the basement, first or second levels of multi-unit buildings is at risk.
Test your home for radon every two years. Simple test kits are available at most hardware stores for between $15 and $25. If unsafe levels are detected, a number of steps can be taken to mitigate the problem depending on the level of exposure and its source.
Learn more about radon on our radon pages.
To help people keep new year's resolutions to quit smoking, we are offering a free program of Courage to Quit, our group smoking cessation program.
Register now for information, practice skills and support to help you reach your smoke-free goals! The program includes six 1-hour sessions over seven weeks, starting on Tuesday, February 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
View more available classes on our Courage to Quit page.
Earlier this month, legislation was introduced to increase the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack. Unfortunately, it came up just nine votes short of passing through the Illinois House, but we expect it to be revisited in the coming months. Let's make sure it goes through!
The legislation is a win-win for Illinois by generating revenue and saving lives. Increasing the tax by just $1 per pack would bring in $377 million in revenue for schools in Illinois. It would also help more than 50,000 adults quit smoking and it would prevent 77,000 kids from starting to smoke.
Be sure to contact your legislators to tell them you support saving lives! Call the state switchboard now: (217) 782-2000.
The 14th annual Hustle Up the Hancock is on February 27, 2011. Spaces are still available in the full, 94-floor climb for Lung Health Champions, our climbers who commit to fundraising $1,000.
Spaces are also still available in the CBS 2 half climb of 52 floors!
Visit the official Hustle Up the Hancock website for more information and to register.