For over 100 years, the American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. Today, our fight is more important than ever.
Now in our 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 is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy.
We're America's oldest voluntary health organization, founded in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis– dedicated to combating tuberculosis (TB), the most dreaded disease of the time.
Over a difficult 50-year fight, we played a critical role in developing and funding increasingly effective weapons to prevent, detect and treat the disease. By 1954, tuberculosis was largely controlled in the U.S.
Over the years, we expanded our fight, targeting other threats to lung health, and taking the new name the American Lung Association, guardian of everyone's right to healthy lungs and clean air.
The American Lung Association was among the first to tackle smoking as the nation's greatest preventable health risk, and to make the connection between air pollution and lung disease. Landmark victories included The Clean Air Act, banning smoking on airplanes, and passage of the bill which gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over the marketing, sale and manufacturing of tobacco products to stop tobacco companies from preying on children and deceiving the American public.
Today our fight is more important than ever. We're funding research that continues to unlock the secrets of lung diseases, from asthma to lung cancer. Our educational materials give patients the tools to take control of their illness, and our Freedom From Smoking® program is the gold standard for those who want to quit smoking.
The annual State of the Air report is a national benchmark for air quality that spurs communities across the country to take action against pollution. The State of Tobacco Control report is the authoritative scorecard on the ongoing fight against tobacco. And year-round, we're on Capitol Hill, fighting for legislation to keep our air clean and protect our children from predatory tobacco marketing.
The American Lung Association is still fighting for air.
The Open Airways For Schools program has been evaluated and proven effective. Evaluation studies done by different researchers over the years have all shown that children who participate in Open Airways for Schools:
To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine.
Freedom From Smoking® is based on the proven addiction and behavior change models. The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting. It has a positive focus, with an emphasis on the benefits of better health. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.
There is a 57% quit rate at the end of the program for the group clinic, approximately 40% for the Helpline program, and approximately 27% for Freedom From Smoking Online.
Evaluation studies have shown that individuals who participate in Freedom From Smoking®:
Asthma 101 is an educational presentation for adults that focuses on school and daycare personnel as a critical link in the effort to maintain a network of support for asthmatic children that can proactively reduce or prevent asthma crises and minimize areas of liability. The program teaches about triggers, asthma management, and action steps for addressing an emergency.Goals include: Prepare personnel to support individuals with asthma; Improve confidence of staff to deal with and prevent asthma-related incidents.
The goal of support groups is to improve the quality of life and functional status for members by providing disease-specific education and emotional connection which may prevent exacerbations requiring medical care, thereby reducing the health, economic and social burden of lung disease.
Lung disease is the number three killer in the United States, responsible for one in six deaths and more than 33 million people suffer from chronic lung disease. Lung disease causes millions of days lost at school and work and costs the United States billions of dollars in healthcare costs. We are fighting lung disease with research, education and advocacy at the local, state and national level. The American Lung Association is making a difference for you.
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