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Key Accomplishments

The American Lung Association in California has a successful track record of passing legislation to help future generations breathe easier tomorrow. See our timeline of advocacy victories for clean air and lung health.


  • Organized health community support for "Charge Ahead California" campaign to direct AB 32 Cap and Trade Funding for clean, low carbon transportation solutions for all communities.
  • Led public health outreach campaign to support adoption of anti-sprawl Sustainable Communities Strategies in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Key supporter of successfully adding e-cigarettes to existing smokefree laws in many cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Richmond, Petaluma, San Rafael and Walnut Creek.


  • Co-sponsored successful legislation—Assembly Bill 8 (Perea and Skinner)—to provide more than $2 billion in clean air incentive programs over the next decade to reduce diesel emissions and support clean alternative fuels and technology.
  • Sponsored the first comprehensive legislation to protect families living in multi-unit housing from drifting secondhand smoke


  • Led public health outreach campaign to support unanimous adoption of Southern California's regional anti-sprawl Sustainable Communities Strategy under California's smart growth law, Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg, 2008)
  • Was a principle co-sponsor of the Yes on Proposition 29 campaign to raise the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack and tripling the state's funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
  • Launched Clean Air Saves Lives and Money public health campaign to protect AB 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act, 2006) from efforts by the oil industry and its allies to weaken key clean air and clean fuels measures.
  • Organized community support to encourage the University of California campuses to go completely smokefree.


  • Co-chaired California's Clean Cars campaign and successfully secured adoption by the California Air Resources Board of standards to reduce vehicle pollution and put more zero emission cars on the road to protect public health.
  • Sponsored successful legislation (Assembly Bill 795) that allows the state college and university systems in California to collect revenue when enforcing existing state smokefree policies on their campuses.


  • Led public health campaign to overwhelmingly defeat Proposition 23, an effort by two Texas oil companies to roll back California's clean air and climate protection law, AB 32.
  • Organized public health and community support to get the Food and Drug Administration to ban misleading cigarette labels including "light," "mild," and "low-tar."


  • After a decades-long fight led by the American Lung Association, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law and provided the Food and Drug Administration with the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products.


  • Co-sponsored Senate Bill 7, the Smoke Free Cars Law that prohibits smoking in cars when minors are present.


  • Organized health community to pass the landmark Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act that requires significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy.
  • Sponsored AB 2276 that requires standards to limit ozone emitted from indoor air cleaning devices in order to protect public health.


  • Co-sponsored AB 2132 that allows children with asthma to carry and use their asthma inhalers at school.
  • Secured first-ever state funding for asthma programs focusing on childhood asthma.


  • Provided key leadership in passage of AB 846 that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of main entrances, exits and operable windows of public buildings.


  • Led advocacy efforts to pass Assembly Bill 1493, which requires car companies to make cleaner cars with extremely low emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Organized health group support to pass AB 1867 that prohibits smoking at all playgrounds and tot lots.


  • Co-sponsored Senate Bill 25, the Children's Environmental Health Act, which requires state air quality standards to protect the most vulnerable among us, including children.


  • Sponsored AB 752 that prohibits tobacco advertising billboards within 1,000 of a school or playground.


  • Led advocacy efforts for AB 13, which bans smoking in nearly all workplaces and public places in California, including restaurants, bars, and workplaces.


  • Led advocacy efforts for AB 291 which banned smoking in all State buildings.


  • American Lung Association sues to restore California's Tobacco Media Campaign and wins.


  • Co-sponsored Proposition 99, which increased the state tobacco tax and directed a portion of the revenuesto tobacco prevention and control programs. This has led to 1 million fewer smokers, 60 percent reduction in tobacco consumption, lung cancer rates three to four times lower than other states, and policies to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.
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