June e-newsletter

Respiratory Health Association'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:

Lung disease prevention efforts

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Operation Storefront program empowers healthy lifestyles

Haines Elementary 
 Haines Elementary
students created
tobacco ads.

Respiratory Health Association has recently expanded its Operation Storefront tobacco advocacy program for youth in partnership with Chicago Department of Public Health. Operation Storefront empowers students to make healthy lifestyle choices by helping them gather information about tobacco advertising, promotion and placement in their community.

This month, our staff members visited a Haines Elementary School seventh grade classroom to see the impact the curriculum had on students. For the students' last lesson, they created counter-marketing tobacco ads and wrote a letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposing an ordinance to ban tobacco advertising in Chicago, with the goal of preventing children and teens from seeing the ads and being tempted to smoke. With nearly 90 percent of adult smokers starting before age 18, the Haines students declared "all children deserve a healthier future."

To start your own Operation Storefront program, click here.

Carbon pollution standards will protect lung health

Carbon standardsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal last week to cut carbon pollution from power plants, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The proposal, under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, is an important measure to reduce climate change and protect the environment and our health. Respiratory Health Association supports this proposal. It's estimated that reducing carbon emissions by 2030 will avoid up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children and up to 490,000 missed school and work days.

For more of the proposal's impacts, visit the EPA's fact sheet.

CHANGE Institute addresses mental health, tobacco use

Respiratory Health Association recently partnered with local public health organizations to host the CHANGE Institute, a one-day training program on mental health and tobacco cessation. People with mental illness and/or a substance use disorder use tobacco at rates two times higher than the general population. They also suffer greater smoking-related medical illnesses and mortality, and account for nearly half of all tobacco-related deaths annually.

Led by Dr. Judith Prochaska (University of California, San Francisco), the CHANGE Institute addressed the benefits, challenges and best practices of integrating tobacco cessation treatment and tobacco-free environments into mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. The CHANGE Institute is a collaborative of the Healthy HotSpot partnership for tobacco-free living. Partners include the Cook County Department of Public Health, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, Respiratory Health Association and the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago.

Find more information about our tobacco cessation efforts.

Inspiration provides important tips to manage COPD

InspirationA new season brings changes to the environment, some of which can make breathing more difficult for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This summer, as flowers bloom and grasses grow, it's important for someone living with COPD to stay aware of local pollen counts and learn ways to keep allergens outside. Tips on how to manage the environment's impact on COPD is just one of the topics covered in our latest edition of Inspiration, out now. Inspiration is a newsletter published by Respiratory Health Association twice a year for people living with COPD and their caregivers.

To download the spring edition of Inspiration, click here

Get Involved: Skyline Plunge! Chicago

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After participants in our Skyline Plunge! Chicago event finish their 27 story rappel down theWit Hotel, most have a lot to say. The bi-annual fundraiser merges two things people are looking for: a worthwhile charity and a thrilling adventure. "Rappeling down the 27-story Wit hotel in Chicago has been on my Bucket List for years. Not only did it seem like a monumental challenge, but it was for a great cause," said Valerie of Chicago. Sign up today to experience the city's only urban rappel adventure and raise funds and awareness for Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research and programs. The event returns to Chicago September 7.

Learn more about Skyline Plunge! Chicago.

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