Our Impact

Whether it’s searching for cures, keeping kids off tobacco or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.

Fighting Lung Disease

Every year, the American Lung Association funds scientific research to improve treatments and find cures for the more than 33 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 six million children, asthma is the leading serious chronic illness among American kids. 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. Our Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) conduct large clinical trials that provide immediate and useful information for people who have asthma. Through our educational programs like Open Airways for Schools, we give children the tools they need to manage their asthma so that they can stay healthy in school and be ready to learn.

Fighting Secondhand Smoke

Twenty-five states have passed comprehensive laws that met 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. We led the fight to get smokefree airlines.

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 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. This legislation was signed into law in June 2009.

Fighting Air Pollution

The American Lung Association fights relentlessly for Healthy Air. The American Lung Association pushed for the U.S. to clean up cars, trucks and SUVs. We work for the cleanup of dirty diesel trucks, buses, heavy equipment locomotives and marine vessels – steps to reduce pollution that leads to asthma attacks and premature death. We push EPA to set air pollution standards that protect our health and reduce pollution from power plants and factories.

Fighting the Flu

The American Lung Association provides critical funding for research into influenza treatment and prevention. Recently, the organization sponsored an important research study that found the inactivated influenza vaccine was safe to administer to adults and children with asthma. Every year, we help countless Americans understand the importance of a flu vaccination, with programs like our Faces of Influenza campaign. And we make it easy to find where you can get your flu vaccination, with our free, online Flu Vaccine Finder.

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 generous support and donations.