September 2013

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:

Spotlight: New research, advocacy

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New lung cancer research award announced

Ravi Salgia 
Photo courtesy of
the University of

Last month, Respiratory Health Association announced a lung cancer research award to Dr. Ravi Salgia at University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Salgia will study a potential therapeutic target for treating lung cancer, which remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Lung cancer research continues to be underfunded. We are proud to support this new award, even as we educate our elected officials about the importance of increasing funding for lung cancer research.

Read more about the research we are funding.

We support action to protect minors from e-cigarettes

Matt Maloney
RHA's Matt Maloney
applauds the new
law with Governor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported electronic cigarette usage among middle and high school students more than doubled between 2011 and 2012. Of all students surveyed in 2012, 6.8 percent reported having tried e-cigarettes, up from 3.3 percent in 2011. In addition, 61 percent of the youths who use e-cigarettes reported they also smoke conventional cigarettes, supporting the argument that e-cigarettes may serve as a gateway to cigarette smoking. These numbers indicate that e-cigarette use is a growing problem among youth. To counter these staggering statistics, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Respiratory Health Association applauds this move and believes it will help curb the use of these products.

Read more about our stance on e-cigarettes.

Thrill-seekers go over the edge for respiratory health

          Skyline Plunge! Chicago        Skyline Plunge! Chicago        Skyline Plunge! Chicago 

On Sunday, September 8, more than 55 thrill-seekers joined us for Skyline Plunge! Chicago, the city's only urban rappel adventure and one of Respiratory Health Association's most unique fundraisers. Three-fourths of our participants rappelled 27 stories of theWit Hotel because they have been personally affected by a respiratory illness. Proceeds from the event support our respiratory disease research and programs. Our next Skyline Plunge! event is Sunday, May 4, at theWit Hotel.

Click here for more information.

Sign on for smoke-free parks

Smoke-free parksA few years ago, Respiratory Health Association worked with Chicago Park District to adopt a smoke-free beaches and playlots policy. Now, we are encouraging the Park District to expand that policy to include all of Chicago's parks. In a recent survey of Chicago residents, nine out of 10 individuals agreed that people have the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air in the outdoor areas of public parks. Secondhand smoke - even in outdoor places - is unhealthy for those who breathe it. In addition, toxic cigarette litter is expensive to remove. A smoke-free parks policy would improve the local environment, help promote healthy lifestyles and save on maintenance costs.

Let your voice be heard! Sign a letter to support smoke-free parks. 

Get Involved: CHILL

        Chill        Chill        Chill 

Join us for our seventh annual CHILL fundraiser, an international wine & culinary event on Thursday, November 14. Guests will enjoy wines from around the world paired with culinary selections by Chicago's top chefs as they explore the Merchandise Mart's LuxeHome showrooms. Tickets for the event are $95. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lysette Talavera at 312-628-0226 or by email at

Visit our website for more information about the event.

Read previous issues of our e-newsletter here.