Your Lungs

The average adult takes 15 to 20 breaths a minute – over 20,000 breaths a day. Your respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat, windpipe (trachea) and lungs, brings air into the body when you breathe. In the lungs, the oxygen from each breath is transferred to the bloodstream and sent to all the body’s cells as life-sustaining fuel. Keeping your lungs healthy is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

How Lungs Work

Put your hand on your chest and feel your rib cage rise and fall as you inhale and exhale. That is the only outward sign of the hard work your lungs are doing every moment of your life. » More

Protecting Your Lungs

Regular Medical Exams Help Your Protect Your Lungs

Your body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs. Learn what you can do to help prevent bacteria, viruses, tobacco smoke and air pollution from causing harm. » More

Warning Signs of Lung Disease

Lung Disease

Is it normal? A cough that won’t go away, or shortness of breath during normal activity may be signs of lung problems. Always check with your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you have a concern. » More

Our Lungs and the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

All people with lung disease deserve access to quality, affordable health care. The American Lung Association can help! www.lung.org/aca or call 1 800 LUNGUSA. » More