Areas of Need
The American Lung Association offers many opportunities for foundations and corporations to help save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Your organization can support research, education, awareness, engagement, and advocacy efforts in the following areas critical to achieving our mission.
Defeating Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the United States. It also has one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancer types. Our goal is to reduce lung cancer deaths and improve quality of life. With the advent of new lung cancer screening guidelines and other advances in personalized medicine, this is a critical moment in time. Learn more about ways we are fighting lung cancer.
Improving the Air We Breathe
For nearly half of our history, the American Lung Association has battled air pollution. We work to ensure that the air we all breathe is clean and safe, so it will not cause or worsen lung disease. We are taking crucial steps that will result in less pollution, better health, and thousands of lives saved each year. Here are a few:
Reducing the Burden of Lung Disease
More than 32 million Americans suffer from chronic lung disease. Lung disease causes millions of days lost at school and work and costs billions of dollars in healthcare costs. We’re dedicated to reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families through programs such as:
Eliminating Tobacco Use and Tobacco-related Diseases
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Yet, every year more than 437,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, and another 40,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Among adults who smoke, 81 percent began smoking regularly at age 18 or younger, with the average age of daily smoking initiation for new smokers at 20 years. The Lung Association is committed to helping smokers quit while working to protect everyone from secondhand smoke and prevent young people from starting, through efforts such as:
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