Our vision is a world free of lung disease. To get there, we must advocate for laws, rules and policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use and clean up pollution in the air we breathe. Learn more about our priorities and how you can help:

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.

We advocate for:

  • Universal access to quality and affordable healthcare including no exclusions for pre-existing conditions and protections from surprise medical bills.
  • Coverage and access to lung cancer screening and guidelines-based asthma care
  • Increased funding for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures for all lung diseases
  • Increased funding for public health infrastructure and programs that impact lung health

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network.  Sign up and take action to stop lung disease.

Share the Message. Follow us on social media and help spread the word about #lunghealth.

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Lung Health Policy Positions | Research Policy Positions | Advocacy Archive | Our Research Initiatives | Our Lung Health Initiatives


Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing close to 500,000 Americans each year. We support measures to eliminate tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, to promote access to quit smoking treatments, and to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco in the first place.

We advocate for:

  • Robust regulation of all tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Increased funding for tobacco prevention, education and cessation programs
  • Smokefree laws and policies
  • Increasing tobacco taxes
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for tobacco cessation treatments
  • Eliminating all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and menthol cigarettes

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network. Sign up and take action to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

Share the Message. Follow us on social media and help #MakeTobaccoHistory.

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Tobacco and Health Policy Positions | Advocacy Archive |  Our Tobacco Initiatives

Clean Air

Air pollution poses a serious threat to our nation's health. We work to ensure that the air we all breathe is clean and safe.

We advocate for:

  • Up-to-date clean air standards and the Clean Air Act
  • Cleaning up sources of outdoor air pollution
  • Protecting lung health from the impacts of climate change
  • Reducing radon and other air pollutants indoors

How You Can Help

Join the Lung Action Network. Sign up and take action to improve the air we breathe.

Share Your Story. Read stories from people like you and let us know what inspires you to take action in support of healthy, safe air.

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Clean Air Policy Positions | Energy Policy Positions | Advocacy Archive | Our Clean Air Initiatives

Our Public Policy Agenda

See the top priorities for the American Lung Association's federal advocacy efforts for 2019 and 2020.

Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress »

Page last updated: July 21, 2020

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