COPD Research and Public Policies Paul Billings Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Education American Lung Association April 9, 2013. Agenda. Congress Budgets & Appropriations Tobacco issues Healthy air issues Administration Call to action. Two Kinds of Advocacy.
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Advocating for all Patients
Advocating for a Patient
Federal funding for COPD research funding
Federal COPD action plan
Access to heath care
Preventing tobacco use
Budget & Appropriations
FY 2013 – Post sequestration
Same number of people/programs competing for increasingly smaller budget
NHLBI has taken leadership role in increasing awareness of disease.
Using NHLBI funding, CDC adding COPD tracking to BRFSS
NHLBI to convene federal stakeholder group for COPD action plan.
Gave FDA immediate authority over cigarettes, smokeless and roll-your-own
Gave FDA option to “deem” authority over other products
Tobacco Control Act: the Latest ChallengeThe cigar industry wants a “sweetheart” deal
Tobacco Control Act: the Latest Challenge
Highest: New York, $4.35
Lowest: Missouri, 17 cents
Current campaigns: Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio and West Virginia
Average state cigarette excise tax: $1.49/pack
Some in Congress want to weaken clean air health protections
112th Congress voted nearly 100 times to weaken or dismantle the law
FDA deeming authority
Received double lung transplant
Testified at EPA hearing on proposed Carbon standard
June 12, 2013
Call CDC to tell them we need them to do more for our nation’s #3 killer
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We will breathe easier when the air in everyAmerican community is clean and healthy. We will breathe easier when people are free from the addictivegrip of cigarettes and the debilitating effects of lung disease. We will breathe easier when the air in our public spaces andworkplaces is clear of secondhand smoke.We will breathe easier when children no longerbattle airborne poisons or fear an asthma attack. Until then, we are fighting for air.