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American Lung Association Report Finds Lung Disease Death Rates Increasing While Cancer, Heart Disease and Stroke Death Rates Are Decreasing
Date:6/27/2008

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the lungs.

-- Lung cancer. A disease characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread

of abnormal cells.

-- Respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary

hypertension. These conditions are caused by problems with the normal

gas exchange and blood flow in the lungs.

-- Pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis. Hidden List These are

diseases characterized by stiffening and scarring of the lungs.

-- Occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, caused by

exposure to hazardous substances.

The American Lung Association strongly believes that if cigarette smoking, preventable premature childbirth, disregard for workers' safety and violation of clean-air laws were to end today, a future largely free of the most lethal forms of lung disease would be possible.

The American Lung Association urges Congress to pass the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and to fund a COPD program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Lung Association is actively working to pass comprehensive smokefree laws across the country to eliminate people's exposure to secondhand smoke, as well as to encourage the federal and state governments to pass policies to increase cessation services for the over 45 million U.S. adult smokers.

"As our nation wrestles with how to pay for increasing health care costs, we must look at the tremendous financial burden caused by tobacco in this nation," Toomey added. "Tobacco use costs the United States an estimated $193 billion annually, including $96 billion in direct health care expenditures."

To download the full report, please visit http://www.lungusa.org and visit the research section. For questions, please contact Carrie Martin at cmartin@lungusadc.org.

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