March 2012

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.

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National tobacco prevention efforts have been highlighted in the news in the last few weeks. On March 8, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released a new report calling for a tobacco-free generation through mass media campaigns, price increases for tobacco products, school-based policies and programs, and smoke-free policies.

On March 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new nationwide public service announcement campaign that depicts former smokers sharing how their lives have changed from tobacco-related diseases. These graphic commercials show the real impacts of tobacco use, and provide resources to help people quit smoking while discouraging young people from ever starting.

In light of the national spotlight on the dangers of tobacco use, we wanted to recap some successes of our local efforts to reduce tobacco use and prevent exposure to secondhand smoke.

Empowering young people to make smart decisions

Operation storefrontThrough our Operation Storefront curriculum, Respiratory Health Association helps young people see how tobacco advertising targets them. In the past two years, the program has reached more than 1,030 teens in Chicagoland. This curriculum is ideal for delivery in classrooms, after-school or community-based programs. To learn more, visit our Operation Storefront page.  



Creating tobacco-free environments

Tobacco-free campusWe have helped implement tobacco-free policies at the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, Robert Morris University and Roosevelt University, impacting more than 215,000 students and 54,000 staff members. These policies will reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and discourage students from ever starting to use tobacco products. For more information about making your campus or worksite tobacco-free, visit our website


Offering free resources and assistance

Respiratory Health Association has free resources available to help you implement smoke-free or tobacco-free policies, provide support for people interested in quitting smoking, or share evidence-based programs to curb youth tobacco use. If you'd like to work with us or learn more about our resources, contact Eileen Lowery at (312) 628-0217 or

Get involved: Join our Spring and Summer events! 

Register today for our upcoming events! Our special events raise funds and awareness to support our local lung disease research and programming.  

Skyline plungeWe've expanded Skyline Plunge! Chicago to a second day! On May 5 and 6, daring participants will rappel 27 stories down the exterior of theWit Hotel at State and Lake Streets. Space is limited, so register today! Learn more about Plunge!


If heights aren't your thing, join us for CowaLUNGa Bike Tour, a one, two or three-day ride from Gurnee, Ill. through southern Wisconsin on August 4, 5 and 6. Gather a team of friends, family or coworkers and register today! Learn more about CowaLUNGa.


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