Review: The American Lung Association

Cancer Websites, Lung Cancer — By on December 11, 2008 at 8:42 am

The mission of the American Lung Association® is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

The American Lung Association® has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease. Among these are: Open Airways For Schools: This is the American Lung Association’s elementary-school education program for children with asthma. The program teaches children with asthma to understand and manage their illness so they can lead more normal lives.

Tobacco control: The American Lung Association® offers a variety of smoking control and prevention programs targeted to specific groups-some aimed at adults, others intended for school use, and still others designed to build bridges between the home and school and involve community leaders along with parents and educators.


Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU): An important part of the American Lung Association® drive to eliminate tobacco use among youth. TATU is a peer-teaching tobacco control program aimed at deterring youngsters from taking up smoking. We also have a smoking cessation program for teens, called Not On Tobacco, or N-O-T.


Freedom From Smoking® program: For people who already smoke, the American Lung Association® considers this the “gold standard” of group-setting, peer-support smoking cessation programs.


Environmental health: Lung disease can be caused or aggravated by air pollution, both indoors and out. The American Lung Association is active in the pollution control arena and has become the leading public advocate for clean air, as well as the chief source of information and public education on the health hazards of air pollution.

Research and professional education: The American Lung Association funds a broad program of grants and awards designed to further both basic and applied research in lung function and lung disease.

Advocacy programs: The American Lung Association’s advocacy programs seek to influence the development and enforcement of laws and regulations related to lung health at the national, state and local levels, providing authoritative information to policymakers. The Lung Association played a major role, for example, in the passage of the landmark federal Clean Air Act, as well as the law prohibiting smoking on domestic passenger airline flights.

Multicultural programs: The population demographics of the United States reflect significant increases in the numbers and percentages of what we currently describe as “minority groups.” In many instances, these populations suffer disproportionately from lung diseases. The American Lung Association is moving to address these changes.

Communications programs: The American Lung Association informs and educates the public about the impact and prevention of lung disease in a variety of ways.
This information is disseminated through many channels, including this web site, public service announcements, news releases and conferences, and spokespersons who can address lung disease issues via print, broadcast and electronic media.



The American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. To reach your local American Lung Association, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872).
Please visit: The American Lung Association for more information.

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