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Breathe Easy Month{Registered}, May 1996

The American Lung Association (ALA) has designated May as Breathe Easy Month{Registered} as part of its ongoing effort to educate the public about issues relating to respiratory health. Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 335,000 persons in the United States die from lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer.

Clean Air Week{Registered}, May 20-27, emphasizes air pollution and its relation to lung disease. Air pollution, both indoors (e.g., environmental tobacco smoke) and outdoors (e.g., ozone), is an important contributor to respiratory illnesses such as asthma. ALA recommends reducing exposure to air pollutants and home testing for specific pollutants such as radon and carbon monoxide. In addition, air quality can be improved by supporting state and local clean air regulations and making homes and workplaces smoke-free.

During May, local ALA offices will offer programs on management of asthma and smoking cessation and will host Clean Air Challenge{Registered} cycling, running, and walking fundraising events. Additional information about Breathe Easy Month{Registered}, Clean Air Week{Registered}, and related activities is available from local ALA offices (telephone {800} 586-4872 or {212} 315-8700).

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