The American Lung Association in California thanks you for making 2017 one of our most remarkable years yet.
During the past year, the California Region continued its leadership role in protecting the lungs of our children and families by working to pass new restrictions on menthol and flavored tobacco, securing an extension for California's cap and trade program to defend air quality, and expanding the organization's Airway Clinical Research Network, the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to include a new research facility at the University of California, San Francisco.
We are truly excited at the growth achieved over the past year, though our work will and must continue because these important facts remain:
- Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in California and throughout the country
- More than 80% of all Californians still live in areas with unhealthy air
- Nearly 17,000 kids in California began smoking last year; it is estimated that one third of them will eventually die from tobacco-related illnesses
Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about your Lung Association, we invite you to join us for an exciting and groundbreaking year to come!
- Mark Johnson
American Lung Association in California
- Olivia Diaz-Lapham
President and CEOAmerican Lung Association in California