Millions of Americans live in areas where air pollution reaches unhealthy levels. The American Lung Association leads the fight for healthy air every day. We advocate for stronger clean air standards, lower power plant emissions, and cleaner fuels and vehicles.

"When I had COPD, an ozone day was potentially disastrous."

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What We Do

The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 50 years. Our primary tool is advocacy. We work to influence public policy and ensure enforcement of laws that help us clean up our air.

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Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act has provided the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the responsibility and the authority to protect and clean up the nation's air since 1970. The American Lung Association fights hard to prevent anyone from weakening or undermining the law or the protective standards the law provides.

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Tips to Fight Pollution in Your Community

You can help your state and community clean up air pollution. Find out how your community compares to others around the U.S. and learn how to achieve healthy air in your area.

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Clean Air Timeline

In the decades-long battle against airborne pollutants, the American Lung Association has achieved many milestones.

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Page last updated: March 14, 2020

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