The advocacy team in California continued its tradition of success in tobacco control and air quality issues in 2017.
Our advocacy staff, with the help of a team of volunteer doctors and supporters including our Doctors for Climate Health and our Lung Health Champions, took the lead on a number of high-profile issues.
American Lung Association in California's Bonnie Holmes-Gen with California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (left) and Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols (right) at the signing ceremony for clean air legislation.
Our 2017 accomplishments include:
- Holding California's Representatives in Congress accountable for their positions on quality, affordable health care and air quality protections that are critical to the people of California
- Ensuring the passage of an extension of California's critical cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the air we breathe
- Securing hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to reduce air pollution in California's low-income communities where asthma rates are high
- Working with a coalition of health partners to ensure the passage of restrictions on the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco in San Francisco, the largest city in the country to pass such an ordinance
- Expanding smokefree protections for California residents and strengthening laws to keep tobacco away from kids through new licensing policies at the community level
- Growing our presence at the State Capitol and in the media by utilizing local storytellers to share compelling, personal stories to advance the organization's mission
- Doubling the media reach of our State of Tobacco Control report and ensuring our State of the Air report was covered by major media outlets in every metropolitan area in the state
Victories like these help us move closer to our ultimate goal of cleaning up the air we all share to improve the lives of all Californians, especially those battling lung disease every day.