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American Lung Association of Nevada Receives $150,000 Grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to Help Nevada's Youth Stay Smoke-Free
Date:11/11/2008

obacco or "NOT" -- helps teens who have already started smoking to quit through a state of the art cessation program designed specifically for teenagers.

"No doubt about it, smoking causes cancer, emphysema and heart disease and shortens one's life by a decade or more. Yet, Nevada's teens are still choosing to smoke in record numbers," said Mike Murphy, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. "All Nevadans want to see better long-term health outcomes for their youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Anthem believes this grant to the ALA will deter Nevada youth from taking up the smoking habit and give addicted smokers the tools they need to quit and to stay smoke-free."

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations whose projects and programs align with the Foundation's key initiatives, which include working to reduce the number of uninsured Americans and promoting Healthy Generations, a program to improve public health outcomes in communities across the nation. Tobacco cessation is one of the Foundation's articulated giving targets.

American Lung Association of Nevada

The mission of the American Lung Association of Nevada (ALAN) is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health for individuals throughout Nevada. ALAN is a statewide organization with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. ALAN is a local affiliate of the American Lung Association (ALA), which is the oldest, voluntary, non-profit health organization in the United States.

ALAN has been improving the lives of Nevadans since 1916 when it was founded as the Nevada Tuberculosis Association to combat the devastating disease of tuberculosis (TB). Although the focus of the organization has changed due to its successful work in almost completely eradicating TB, ALAN has remained constant in the fight against lung diseases and the promotion of lung health. Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in America and ALAN is
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