About Us


We are focused on defeating lung cancer, creating a tobacco-free future, championing clean air for all and improving the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families.

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Our programs, initiatives and events help millions of Americans every day. See how our efforts make a difference for lung health.

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From tuberculosis to vaping, the American Lung Association has been tackling lung health issues for over 115 years.

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The American Lung Association is saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We were founded over 115 years ago by a group of volunteers dedicated to ending the lung health threat at the time: tuberculosis. With TB largely controlled in the United States, we have extended that mission to other respiratory diseases. And thanks to our donors, volunteers, program and event participants, and staff, we are America's trusted source for lung health education, lung disease research, support, programs, services and advocacy.

When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters®.

View the American Lung Association’s 2020 recap video to learn more about what your donations helped us accomplish during this unparalleled time.

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Together with your support, we’ll continue our work to champion lung health for all with a focus on our four Strategic Imperatives:

  • Defeat lung cancer.
  • Champion clean air for all.
  • Improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families.
  • Create a tobacco-free future.

Mission, Impact & History

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. See our mission, impact and history.

Our Leadership

Our Boards represent a diverse, cross-section of scientists, healthcare and policy professionals and local advocates. Their engaged leadership informs the work of dedicated staff at the national, regional and state level.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

Embracing diversity, equity and inclusion within the American Lung Association and the communities we serve.

Scientific Advisors

Our medical and scientific experts provide strategic guidance that informs all our efforts.

Financial Statements

We hold ourselves accountable to our donors and everyone who has a stake in healthy air and healthy lungs. Learn how donations are used to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.


Be a part of something bigger and join the American Lung Association team. See our available positions.

Patient Advisory Groups

The patient advisors work closely with our Airways Clinical Research Centers network to help guide studies based on patient priorities, provide input into research design, methodologies and outcomes.


Each year we recognize volunteers, staff, researchers, health professionals and individuals across the country.

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1-800-LUNGUSA 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601

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