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What We Advocate For

Our vision is a world free of lung disease. To get there, we must support laws, rules and policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use and clean up pollution in the air we breathe. Learn more about our priorities and how you can help:

Lung Health

Improving lung health and preventing lung disease is the core of our mission. We support measures that will reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families.

We advocate for:

  • Coverage and access to lung cancer screening and guidelines-based asthma care
  • Increased funding for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures for all lung diseases
  • Universal access to quality and affordable healthcare services
  • Increased funding for public health infrastructure and health programs that impact lung health

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network. Sign up and take action to stop lung disease.

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Lung Health Policy Positions | Research Policy Positions | Advocacy Archive | Our Research Initiatives | Our Lung Health Initiatives


Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing close to 500,000 Americans each year. We support measures to eliminate tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, to promote access to tobacco cessation treatments, and to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco in the first place.

We advocate for:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of all tobacco products
  • Increased funding for tobacco prevention, education and cessation programs
  • Smokefree laws and policies
  • Increasing tobacco taxes
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for tobacco cessation treatments
  • Increasing the sales age for tobacco products to 21

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network. Sign up and take action to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

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Tobacco and Health Policy Positions | Advocacy ArchiveOur Tobacco Initiatives

Healthy Air

Air pollution poses a serious threat to our nation's health. We work to ensure that the air we all breathe is clean and safe.

We advocate for:

  • Up-to-date clean air standards and the Clean Air Act
  • Cleaning up sources of outdoor air pollution
  • Protecting lung health from the impacts of climate change
  • Reducing radon and other air pollutants indoors

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network. Sign up and take action to improve the air we breathe.

Share Your Story. Let us know what inspires you to take action in support of healthy, safe air.

Share the Message. Follow us on social media and help us achieve #cleanair4kids.

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Healthy Air Policy Positions | Energy Policy Positions | Advocacy Archive | Our Healthy Air Initiatives


Our Public Policy Agenda

See the top priorities for the American Lung Association's federal advocacy efforts for 2018 and 2019.

Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress »

    Page Last Updated: March 4, 2019

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