Policy & Advocacy

We stand up for strong laws, rules and policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use and clean up pollution in the air we breathe.

Clean Air

Clean air is essential for healthy lungs. We support measures to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution and to address climate change, which is a public health emergency.

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Lung Health

Improving lung health and preventing lung disease is the core of our mission. We support measures that will reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families.

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Tobacco

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing close to 500,000 Americans each year. We support measures to prevent youth from starting tobacco use, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, to help all tobacco users get the help they need to end their addiction.

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With your help, we ensure that our leaders pay attention to lung health. We advocate for action to pass laws and put in place programs that will save lives.

What We Advocate For

Our vision is a world free of lung disease. To get there, we must support laws, rules and policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use and clean up pollution in the air we breathe.

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Share your voice and advocate for policies that will save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Healthy Air Campaign

The American Lung Association has been a leading voice for healthy air for decades. Our primary tool is advocacy. We work to influence public policy and ensure that laws and regulations designed to clean up the air are enforced.

Healthcare & Lung Disease Initiatives

The millions of Americans with or at risk for lung disease need access to healthcare coverage that includes the treatments and services they need at an affordable cost.

Tobacco Initiatives

The American Lung Association is committed to ending the death and disease caused by tobacco use. See our tobacco control policy efforts.

Public Policy Positions

The American Lung Association fights for policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use and clean up air pollution. Our public policy positions on lung health and other issues direct our public policy advocacy efforts.

Public Policy Agenda

See the American Lung Association's public policy positions on lung health, tobacco and health, clean air, energy and other issues.

2021 Federal Action Plan

The American Lung Association’s 2021 Federal Action Plan identifies major federal legislative and regulatory opportunities to defend and advance the interests of public health and the 36 million Americans living with lung disease.

Our Advocacy Victories

With your help, we rally behind laws and policies that improve lung health for everyone. Here's a glimpse at some of our major advocacy wins. We can't do it without you!

Fight For Air Climb
Chicago, IL | Nov 13, 2021
Better Breathers Club | Atrium Health: Cabarrus
Concord, NC | Mar 26, 2020