Our Impact

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. With your generous support of the Christmas Seals® Campaign, the American Lung Association is fighting for your healthy lungs and your healthy air, including:

Fighting Lung Disease

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. We are fighting lung disease with research, education and advocacy at the local, state and national level. The American Lung Association is making a difference for you.

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 American Lung Association 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 Lung Association has also led the fight to save the National Asthma Control Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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 American Lung Association 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.

Fighting Secondhand Smoke

Twenty-seven states have passed comprehensive laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars, which meet the American Lung Association’s Smokefree Air Challenge. We won’t stop until everyone lives and works in a smokefree city or state.

Fighting Smoking

Tragically, each day approximately 1,000 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 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 American Lung Association 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. But, millions of Americans continue to breathe unhealthy air. Polluters and some members of Congress want to interfere with our nation’s ability to protect public health. 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.

Fighting the Flu

Influenza, or Flu, is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to severe complications and even death. The American Lung Association provides critical funding for research into influenza treatment and prevention. A study conducted by the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers® found that the inactivated influenza vaccine was safe to administer to adults and children with asthma. Based on these findings, flu shots are now recommended for those with asthma by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Fighting for a Cure

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program offers a blended approach to scientific inquiry to fight lung disease. Our Awards and Grants Program funds both basic and clinical lung disease research, including TB, infections and pulmonary fibrosis. Our Asthma Clinical Research Center Network® is the nation’s largest network outside the pharmaceutical industry, conducting asthma clinical trials to answer questions that directly benefit patients. People from every walk of life are living healthier, more active lives – thanks to the medical breakthroughs pioneered by American Lung Association researchers and their colleagues worldwide.

And there’s so much more. It’s a huge mission, but we’ve been dedicated to it for more than a century. We couldn’t do it without your Christmas Seals® donations. Please join the generations of Americans who celebrate their health and happiness—year in and year out—with an important donation to American Lung Association Christmas Seals® Campaign.