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Our Mission

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. For more than 100 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it's searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe.

Our Mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Our Vision: A world free of lung disease.

Our Strategic Imperatives:

  • Defeat lung cancer.
  • Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease.
  • Reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families.
  • Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.
  • Monitor and enhance organizational effectiveness

The American Lung Association is a charity built on trust and transparency, and is a proud holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal.

The Lung Association has a dedicated board of directors and nationwide assembly—volunteers who donate their time to help us plan and achieve our goals—which are clearly identified in our strategic framework.

From a governance and oversight perspective, our board and assembly convene regularly in order to monitor progress toward achieving these goals. A performance-based management system enables the Lung Association to track and report on progress toward not only meeting its longer-term goals but also shorter-term objectives related to fulfilling the mission of the organization.

» See Our Strategic Framework

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