State and Communities

At the local level, the American Lung Association advocates for policies that will help prevent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Higher cigarette taxes, comprehensive smokefree indoor air laws, and fully funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs will reduce the number of cigarette smokers and will help decrease the number of people diagnosed with COPD each year.

The American Lung Association is also working to increase knowledge and awareness of COPD. The Lung Association is advocating at the state level for the inclusion of questions on each state’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) about COPD, so that state prevalence data on the disease can be collected nationwide. In addition, the Lung Association is also working with state governments on the development of and the designation of funds for a state COPD plan, as well as other COPD programs on the state level.