For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been invested in the Fight for Air. Founded in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the American Lung Association is the country’s oldest voluntary health organization and played a critical role in detecting, preventing and treating tuberculosis.
The American Lung Association has expanded over the years to save lives, improve lung health and fight lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Today, the mission has grown even further: we serve as the guardian of the right to healthy lungs and clean air.
The American Lung Association was at the forefront of making the connection between air pollution and lung disease and was among the first to proclaim smoking America’s number one preventable health risk. The organization advocated for victories such as The Clean Air Act, banning smoking on airplanes and lobbying for passage of the bill that gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to crack down on tobacco companies that were perceived to be marketing to children.
Of course, that’s just the beginning. There are more battles to wage against lung disease, more research to fund in our quest for a cure, and an increasing supply of educational materials to disseminate to help smokers quit. The American Lung Association continues to work diligently to improve lung health and air quality indoors and out, for generations to come.