Today, the American Lung Association in Indiana announced Tiffany Nichols as the new advocacy director of the state office, based in Indianapolis.
“Tiffany has a great track record of working at large non-profit organizations and public service positions to advance lung health policies in Indiana,” said Tanya Husain, executive director at the Lung Association. “We believe that her expertise in smokefree and tobacco control policies and state advocacy roots will help us improve the health of people in Indiana.”
Nichols joins the Lung Association following her role as tobacco policy and evaluation coordinator for the Indiana Department of Health. During her time there, she convened the Indiana No Menthol Workgroup to work on restricting flavored tobacco products including menthol, provided technical assistance and guidance to grantees on smokefree policies for healthcare settings, schools and communities and recommended grantees work with schools on non-punitive measures for youth using or possessing tobacco products on campus. Prior to that, she worked for the Minority Health Coalition.
“It is an honor to lead the Lung Association’s advocacy efforts and I look forward to working for people in Indiana who are suffering from lung disease,” said Nichols. “Indiana faces many health challenges, including low cigarette taxes, gaps in the state’s smokefree air law and high air pollution. I will work to develop, advance and implement the organization’s policy priorities to enhance lung health for all Hoosiers.”
In Indiana, there are more than one million people who suffer from lung disease, including nearly 6,000 people living with lung cancer. The Lung Association helps save lives locally by raising awareness about the risk factors of lung disease, helping people manage their illness through educational trainings, funding research to find a cure for lung cancer and much more.
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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.