From Your Local Lung Association
In 2016, the American Lung Association in California took on Big Tobacco and Big Oil… and won.
Our advocacy staff, with the help of a team of volunteer doctors and supporters including our Doctors for Climate Health, took the lead on a number of high-profile efforts to curb teen smoking and improve air quality in California.
Our 2016 accomplishments include:
- Passing Proposition 56 to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes to fund anti-smoking programs and lung cancer research
- Raising the minimum age for tobacco and related product purchases to 21
- Regulating e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products
- Closing loopholes in the state’s smokefree workplace laws
- Increasing access to smoking cessation programs for low-income Californians
- Expanding smokefree parks policies and ordinances licensing tobacco retailers to more cities across the state
- Leading the effort to pass historic legislation to cut super pollutants like wood smoke and diesel exhaust (Our volunteer advocates pictured with State Senator Ricardo Lara of the Los Angeles Region)
- Ensuring the expansion of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 to increase greenhouse gas reductions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030
- Securing $900 million funding to programs that will improve air quality in California’s low income communities
- Launching a new program featuring Lung Health Champions to get highly active volunteers involved in our advocacy efforts at the state and local level
Victories like these help us move closer to our ultimate goal of cleaning up the air we all share to improve the lives of all Californians, especially those battling lung diseases every day.