Advocacy Spotlight

American Lung Association

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Q. What is the mission of American Lung Association (ALA)?

A. Our Mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.We are fighting lung disease with research, education and advocacy at the local, state and national level. Lung disease is the number three killer in the United States, responsible for one in six deaths and more than 33 million people suffer from chronic lung disease. Lung disease causes millions of days lost at school and work and costs the United States billions of dollars in healthcare costs.

Q. What are the primary educational programs for the ALA?

A. Fighting Lung Disease: Through our Better Breathers Clubs, we teach patients and families how to cope with COPD in a support group setting. We advocate for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding for COPD programs & data gathering. Our “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women” report is one of many tools used to alert leaders and the public to this increase of COPD in women.

Fighting Childhood Asthma: Affecting more than 7 million children, asthma is a leading serious chronic illness among American kids. In addition to providing vital research support, the ALA facilitates asthma-care partnerships and provides training, tools and other resources to educate school personnel, healthcare providers, and families to improve asthma care for children. The ALA also led the fight to save the National Asthma Control Program at the CDC. Our Camp Breathe Easy is one of the largest residential asthma camps in the country.

Fighting Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, and is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. The ALA funds vital lung cancer research and educates millions about lung cancer each year. Most recently, one of our researchers identified a major oncogene that causes the development of lung cancer and that a drug, approved to treat arthritis may also function in inhibiting the growth of tumor cells. We fight lung cancer every day by helping people quit smoking, fighting for clean air and researching for cures. We are asking everyone to join the LUNG FORCE initiative to raise awareness of lung cancer.

Fighting Smoking: Each day, approximately 1,000 kids become regular, daily smokers and between one third and one half eventually die as a result of their addiction. The ALA led the decades-long fight to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over the marketing, sale and manufacturing of tobacco products to stop tobacco companies from preying on children and deceiving the American public. Now we are pushing to implement the law and protect America’s children.

Fighting for Healthy Air: The ALA works to protect the public from unhealthy air pollution. We defend the Clean Air Act to ensure that all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe. We fight to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the legal authority and necessary funding to continue to protect public health. We also fight to ensure that EPA establishes protective standards to reduce air pollution.

For more information visit the American Lung Association online or 1-800-LUNG USA