SOURCE: American Lung Association

August 15, 2005 14:50 ET

American Lung Association Sees Increased Commitment to Quitting Smoking

More Americans Are Registering for Online Smoking Cessation Program

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 15, 2005 -- In the wake of Peter Jennings' death from lung cancer and Dana Reeve's diagnosis, the American Lung Association has seen an 85 percent increase in registration for its Freedom From Smoking® Online program. Last week alone 3,000 people registered for the free program in an effort to kick the deadly habit increasing the overall enrollment to 59,000 since the program was revised online. Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths, while secondhand smoke contributes up to 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Additionally, the American Lung Association has had a 105 percent increase in calls to its toll-free Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNG-USA) for information on smoking cessation, email inquiries to Ask the American Lung Association are five times higher than those received last year at this time, and testimonials in memory of Peter Jennings continue to be posted on

"Sometimes the loss of a prominent and well-respected person can motivate people to make changes in their lives," said John L. Kirkwood, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "Peter Jennings continues to have a great effect on Americans and we are encouraged by the number of people who are committing to quit smoking."

The American Lung Association has experts available to speak about lung cancer, its causes, symptoms and effects as well as the best ways to quit smoking. For more information about lung cancer or the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® Online program, log on to

About the American Lung Association

Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to

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