The American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALANE) has been one of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City’s longstanding partners in our work to raise awareness of tobacco control issues in NYC. ALANE serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. They are part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health agency in the U.S.
Their focus is on healthy air, tobacco control and all lung disease, including asthma and COPD. Their mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, research and advocacy.
Back in October 2011, ALANE partnered with the Coalition and were joined by local youth
This year, ALANE partnered with the Coalition on a media campaign to educate the community on the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing. They recorded three personal story videos of NYC residents who have dealt with secondhand smoke exposure in their home. ALANE designed web banners that linked to the video testimonials on their website’s Smoke-Free Housing page and then placed the banners in key local media outlets for distribution. You can see all three testimonials on our YouTube Channel.
Phil Konigsberg’s testimonial is particularly moving as he explains why smoke-free housing is so important for his and all New Yorkers’ well-being. While ALANE recorded three personal stories, there are many more that are untold. Too many New Yorkers suffer from exposure to secondhand smoke that leads to asthma attacks and more frequent trips to the Emergency Room.
We look forward to continuing our work with ALANE as we fight to ensure that all New Yorkers breathe clean, smoke-free air, even in their own homes.