American Lung Association Mourns the Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg

Statement of the American Lung Association

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2013)

The American Lung Association joins the nation in mourning the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), life-long lung health champion, and offers condolences to Senator Lautenberg’s family and loved ones.  Senator Lautenberg will be remembered as one of the greatest champions for public health in U.S. Senate, particularly for championing prohibiting smoking in airplanes and helping to write the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.  Senator Lautenberg's tireless efforts for lung health have led to untold lives saved and the health of our nation forever improved.

In March of this year, the American Lung Association honored Senator Frank Lautenberg with its national Lung Health Champion Award for his steadfast leadership and commitment to the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. The award was presented before a joint session of the American Lung Association's Board of Directors and Nationwide Assembly in Washington, D.C.

Over his illustrious Senate career, Lautenberg fought hard to reduce tobacco use and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke. He championed U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco, and he wrote the laws to make airplanes and all federally-funded places that serve children smokefree. These policies sparked a smokefree revolution, which has greatly improved public health around the world.

He led the efforts to save the Center for Disease Control's National Asthma Control Program from elimination, and has been steadfast in his support of biomedical research and the fight to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare. In addition, Lautenberg helped write the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 to protect the quality of air we breathe.

The American Lung Association shares with the nation our gratitude for Senator Lautenberg's leadership and commitment to the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.  His leadership and unwavering commitment to the health of our nation cannot be replaced.

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