American Lung Association Fights Back Against Lung Disease

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By: Gina Pitisci

Lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the United States, and a local organization is bringing awareness to help reduce that number and save lives.

“I wanted control of my life again because the cigarettes controlled me," Gil Ziffer, Tallahassee City Commissioner, said.

Tallahassee City Commissioner, Gil Ziffer made the decision to quit smoking 20 years ago and thanks to the help of programs offered at the American Lung Association, he has not picked up a cigarette since.

"We have a freedom from smoking online program, where people can register and be part of an online community and actually go through the modules at their own pace because we know that a lot of times people aren't really comfortable doing it in a one on one or in a group setting," Patty Ballantine, American Lung Association, said.

Medical experts also say by you smoking now, it may mean you're kids could be more prone to lung disease later.

"Even if you don't smoke directly around your child so you smoke outside your house or you don't smoke in the car when they are in the car with you, tobacco smoke order and the irritants stay with you,” Brian Wilson, MD, Allergy & Asthma Specialist, said. “They stay on your clothes, they stay on your body and your hair and that has a defnite effect on a kid."

Until the world is free of lung disease the American Lung Association plans to continue to do what they can to help those who have been diagnosed, and the many that may be diagnosed in the future.

Each year the American Lung Association funds more than 200 research grants for treatments and to help find cures for lung disease.

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