Workplace Wellness

Lung diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems. Many potential causes of lung disease can be found in the workplace, but with the proper measures can be easily controlled, creating safer and healthier working conditions for all employees.

The American Lung Association offers many resources to help employers adopt and implement workplace policies that support a healthy work environment while providing health education resources to support lung health. Making the decision to focus on improving air quality indoors, providing resources for employees who smoke or are living with a chronic lung disease will curb rising health care costs, help employees adopt healthier lifestyles, and lower the risk of developing costly chronic diseases.

How lung-friendly is your workplace?

  • Are chemicals and allergens controlled to ensure the safety of employees while at work?
  • Is work-related asthma documented in order to identify trends and address problems in specific industries?
  • Is your workplace smokefree?
  • Does employee health insurance coverage include a comprehensive plan to ensure access to healthcare services, medications and supplies that keep symptoms under control, while also offering smoking cessation support?

What Employers Can Do

Schools are workplaces too. The American Lung Association has been a leader in providing guidance to schools in order to create healthy indoor environments to keep kids healthy, in school and ready to learn. If you work in a school, be sure to check out the American Lung Association's Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative® and our Guide to Asthma Policy for Housing & Schools.

  • Create a safe & healthy workplace. Let the American Lung Association show you how. The Guide to Safe & Healthy Workplaces Toolkit includes policy recommendations for addressing lung health in the workplace, along with the implementation strategies, tools and information that can support your efforts.
  • Choose Freedom From Smoking® for your employees for unmatched flexibility and results! Freedom From Smoking® has three delivery options: online, telephone counseling and in-person clinics.
    • The online option is a self-paced program ideal for off-site employees or smokers who prefer this method of learning.
    • The Lung HelpLine telephone option is staffed by certified counselors who are registered nurses and respiratory therapists with extensive training and experience in smoking cessation programs.
    • The in-person clinic option is delivered in a small group setting to give participants personalized attention and the support of their peers. A clinic is eight sessions over a seven week period and includes lectures, group discussion and skill practice.
  • Learn more about bringing American Lung Association health education options, such as Freedom From Smoking® and Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Management Program for Adults®, to your organization. Contact us at workplacewellness@lung.org