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From Your Local Lung Association

On behalf of the entire American Lung Association in California, thank you for making 2016 a banner year for lung health in California!

For more than 110 years, the American Lung Association has been the leader in the fight against lung disease. This past year, our mission accomplishments included becoming only the second state in the US to raise the minimum age of tobacco use to 21, our special events revenue from the LUNG FORCE Walk and Fight For Air Climb is nearly double last year, we have hosted Freedom From Smoking trainings, the country’s most successful smoking cessation program, in all of our markets throughout the state, and we successfully passed a $2 per pack tobacco tax on the November 8 ballot, an effort that will substantially reduce teen smoking rates in California.

Further, thanks to sponsors, donors and volunteers just like you, the American Lung Association will increase its commitment to research to more than $6.5 million this year, truly funding our mission to save lives and prevent lung disease in California and throughout the nation.

We are proud and humbled by these important accomplishments, yet these sobering facts remain:

  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in California and throughout the country
  • More than 80% of all Californians still live in areas with unhealthy air
  • Nearly 17,000 kids in California began smoking last year; it is estimated that one third of them will eventually die from tobacco-related illnesses

This annual report is but a snapshot of our work on behalf of all those with lung disease over the past year. What isn’t quantifiable herein is the passion exuded by our staff and volunteers, the commitment to ending lung disease shown by our longtime and first-time donors, and the foresight of our corporate sponsors who understand that standing with the American Lung Association in California to create a healthier and happier population is just good business.

Please take a moment to discover how our mission was realized over the past year, and consider deepening your commitment to the American Lung Association in California in 2017!

With deep gratitude,

  • David L. Pogue
    Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE
    Chair, American Lung Association in California Board of Directors
  • Olivia Diaz-Lapham
    President and CEO
    American Lung Association in California
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