May 2011

Big wins 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.

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Smoke-free exemptions update

Thanks to efforts of Respiratory Health Association's advocates and supporters, the bills in the Illinois legislature that would have allowed exemptions to the state's smoke-free workplace laws have expired without being called for a vote. The sponsors of those bills encountered strong opposition to their exemptions.

This renewed support for the strong smoke-free law could not have been possible without support from advocates for Respiratory Health Association. As part of our State Lung Health Education Day in April, more than 50 volunteers visited the capital to advocate for bills that protect lung health. Advocates met with Senate President John Cullerton, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Governor Quinn's staff and dozens of state representatives and senators to ensure that legislation such as these smoke-free exemptions would not be adopted.

Though these harmful bills expired, it is possible that proponents of such exemptions will introduce them as last-minute amendments to other legislation.

Respiratory Health Association will remain vigilant and alert all volunteers and supporters if we need to again contact our elected officials to oppose any smoke-free exemptions.

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Smoke-free housing mini-grants available

The Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project is offering grants of up to $10,000 to help property managers and owners transition their properties to smoke-free.

As much as 65 percent of the air in any given unit is shared air, so the only way for residents of multi-unit buildings to be fully protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke is to be completely smoke-free – to not allow smoking in any common areas or individual units.

Going smoke-free is simple way for managers to protect their tenants health and to protect their investment. It's legal, profitable and easy, and we're here to help. 

Learn more on our smoke-free housing pages

Respiratory Health Association to develop Midwest COPD Network

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago was recently awarded a one-year subcontract from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign as a Breathe Better Leadership Partner. With the award, Respiratory Health Association will be developing the Midwest COPD Network, which will serve Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Medical partners include pulmonary physicians from Northwestern University, Medical Specialists of Indiana, University of Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital and the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health. In addition, community partners include Walgreens and CBS Radio. 

If you're interested in learning more or joining the Midwest COPD Network, contact Eileen Lowery at or (312) 628-0217.


Get Involved: Vote now!

The finalists for the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project's Share the Truth contest are in! Five TV and three radio commercials have been chosen and now it's your turn to vote for your favorite. The finalist in each category will receive cool prizes and get their commercial on the air this summer.

Visit the official voting page to view the finalists and vote for your favorite now!

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