About the American Lung Association in California
The American Lung Association in California is the leading health organization dedicated to fighting threats to lung health including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco and air pollution.
Education and Programs
The Lung Association serves communities throughout California by providing numerous education and support programs to help children and adults better manage lung disease and improve their quality of life. Some of our many programs include the Better Breathers Clubs, Freedom From Smoking, and Kickin’ Asthma, as well as the Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA),
that provides resources in over 150 languages.
The Promise of Research
Each year, we help fund research that one day may lead to a cure for asthma, lung cancer, and COPD. One of these research projects is our Asthma Clinical Research Center in Southern California, part of the nation’s largest network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma research. We also support basic and clinical research through training and “seed” grants for beginning
researchers who are focused on lung research.
Fighting For Air
We advocate for stronger clean air and tobacco control policies at the local and state level to benefit children and adults with lung disease, and to help future Californians breathe easier. Our advocacy agenda aims to:
Ensure that California’s innovative clean air laws are strongly enforced and protected.
Highlight benefits of cleaner technologies and sustainability efforts to lung health.
Increase state funding for comprehensive tobacco control programs.
Increase the number of areas free from secondhand smoke including apartment buildings, parks, beaches, and other public places.
California is home to some of the worst pollution in the nation, 90% of us live in counties affected by unhealthy air.
Lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the United States.
Asthma is the number one chronic disease of children. More than 5 million Californians have been diagnosed with asthma, including one million children.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the US, killing more people than breast, colon, pancreas & prostate cancers combined. In California 38,000 people are afflicted with lung cancer.
These are the facts. The crisis is real. This is why we are fighting for air. Join Us.
lung.org/california | 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)