May 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:

Supporting lung health for all

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May is Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma Awareness 

Respiratory Health Association exceeded our goal and this school year has already educated more than 1,000 students living with asthma through Fight Asthma Now® and we're not done. Our health educators continue to reach children to provide the tools and knowledge they need to identify and avoid triggers, manage asthma episodes and control asthma on a long-term basis.

During Asthma Awareness Month, we'd also like to remind people affected by asthma that although the disease can be serious, there are steps you can take to live a healthier, safer life. People living with asthma or taking care of someone with asthma should be aware of common asthma triggers and symptoms. Visit our "What You Need to Know" pages to learn more.

Everyone can play a part in reducing serious asthma episodes. For more asthma resources, visit our asthma page.

Clean Indoor Air Ordinance now includes e-cigarettes


As a result of the work of Respiratory Health Association and our partners, e-cigarettes are now a part of the Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. By defining e-cigarettes as tobacco products, use of e-cigarettes is now prohibited in indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, sporting arenas and concert halls. We commend the Chicago City Council for acting to eliminate the risk of exposure to the chemicals emitted from e-cigarettes and to preserve clean indoor air for Chicagoans.

Click here to read more.

Healthy Lungs Initiative presents to public health leaders

Healthy Lungs Initiative 
Staff reported on
smoking cessation

This April, our Healthy Lungs Initiative staff reported on their smoking cessation activities and successes at the Health Education Council and Break Free Alliance's national conference. The presentation highlighted the Initiative's smoking cessation counseling, which is integrated into routine asthma education at Stroger Hospital's Asthma Clinic. The Healthy Lungs Initiative's dual-focus on smoking cessation and asthma has reduced the smoking rate among Stroger patients, and increased the number of patients living in smoke-free homes.

Read more about the Initiative's activities and successes.

More May Happenings

May has just begun, but look at everything else that has already happened:

  • We launched CHIDONT, a youth tobacco prevention and education campaign targeting Chicago Public School students. Through this initiative, we aim to empower youth to know they deserve tobacco-free environments where they learn, live and play. Help us spread the message.
  • More than 60 volunteers met with decision makers in Springfield, Ill., and Washington, D.C., to talk about the importance of legislation that supports lung health for all. Learn more about advocating for lung health.
  • Our spring Skyline Plunge! Chicago event saw more than 70 people rappel 27 stories down theWit Hotel, raising nearly $100,000 for lung disease research and programs. Visit the event page to register for our September 7 urban rappel adventure or to support a rappeller of your choice.

Get Involved: CowaLUNGa Bike Tour

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Ride CowaLUNGa Bike Tour this August 2, 3 and 4! Our annual bike tour starts in Gurnee, Ill., and ends in Hubertus, Wisc. It has ride options of 18 miles or a one-, two- or three-day tour. Plus, first-time CowaLUNGa riders get a special offer: if you register for the 2-day or 3-day ride by June 30, you'll get half off your registration fees. There's also a new option for corporate teams.

Visit the CowaLUNGa website to choose your ride.