WHAT DO WE DO?
American Lung Association fights the diseases and environmental poisons that damage the lungs of the people of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Every year, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. This is what we do best:
Fighting Lung Disease: Every year, the American Lung Association funds scientific research to improve treatments and find cures for the more than 35 million Americans with chronic lung diseases. Lung disease is the number three killer in the United States, responsible for one in six deaths.
Fighting Childhood Asthma: Affecting more than 6 million children, asthma is the leading serious chronic illness among American children. In addition to providing vital research support, the American Lung Association facilitates asthma care partnerships involving school nurses and educational staff as well as physicians, families and Lung Association volunteers.
Fighting Secondhand Smoke: Twenty-five states have passed comprehensive laws that meet the American Lung Association's smokefree air challenge by adopting comprehensive laws prohibiting smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars. We won't stop until everyone lives and works in a smokefree state.
Fighting Smoking: Tragically, each day approximately 1,100 kids become regular, daily smokers and between one third and one half will eventually die as a result of their addiction. The American Lung Association led the decade's 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. This legislation was signed into law in June 2009.
Fighting Air Pollution: The American Lung Association fights relentlessly for Healthy Air Legislation. The American Lung Association successfully pushed for the U.S. to clean up dirty diesel locomotives and marine vessels-taking steps to reduce the pollution that led to asthma attacks and premature deaths.
Fighting the Flu: The American Lung Association provides critical funding for research into influenza treatment and prevention. Recently, the organization sponsored studies that found inactivated influenza vaccine was safe to administer to adults and children with asthma.
And there's so much more. It's a huge mission, but we've been dedicated to it for more than a century. And we couldn't do it without you!