Today, the American Lung Association in Colorado announced Nick Torres as the new advocacy director of the state office, based in Denver.
“Nick has a great track record of working in the non-profit and public service sector to advance lung health policies across the country,” said Ellen Penrod, executive director at the Lung Association. “We believe that his expertise in smokefree and tobacco control policies and state advocacy roots will help us improve the health of people in Colorado.”
Torres joins the Lung Association in Colorado following his role in the same capacity at the Lung Association in Indiana. During his time there, he led efforts to advance local and state policies to reduce tobacco use, such as local smokefree workplace laws and the establishment of an e-cigarette excise tax. He also draws on a history of working on voter access and immigration policy.
“I feel very fortunate to lead the Lung Association’s advocacy work in Colorado and look forward to working on behalf of Coloradans who are suffering from lung disease,” said Torres. “As Colorado faces challenges like reducing youth tobacco use and the health burdens resulting from air pollution, my goal is to develop, advance, and implement policies that enhance lung health for all Coloradans. But we know that issues like tobacco use and poor air quality are also hurting some communities more than others – our policy priorities will address those health disparities.”
In Colorado, there are almost 900,000 people who suffer from lung disease, including nearly 3,000 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.
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.