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Fighting for Healthy Air

“When I had COPD, an ozone day was potentially disastrous.” Read why Dan Dolan-Laughlin is fighting for healthy air.

Millions of Americans live in areas where air pollution reaches unhealthy levels. The American Lung Association leads the fight for healthy air every day. We advocate for stronger clean air standards, lower power plant emissions, and cleaner fuels and vehicles.

What We Do

The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 50 years. Our primary tool is advocacy. We work to influence public policy and ensure enforcement of laws that help us clean up our air. Learn more about what we do.

Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act has provided the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the responsibility and the authority to protect and clean up the nation's air since 1970. The American Lung Association fights hard to prevent anyone from weakening or undermining the law or the protective standards the law provides. Learn more about the Clean Air Act.

Tips to Fight Pollution in Your Community

You can help your state and community clean up air pollution. Find out how your community compares to others around the U.S. and learn how to achieve healthy air in your area. See tips »

Personal Stories

We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories that highlight the need for healthy, safe air and share your own story.

Join the Fight

Join the American Lung Association's fight to help everyone breathe easier. Support national, state and local efforts to clean up sources of air pollution. Your life and the life of someone you love may depend on it.

Clean Air Timeline

In the decades-long battle against airborne pollutants, the American Lung Association has achieved many milestones. View timeline »


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