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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!