American Lung Association

The American Lung Association® (ALA) is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, ALA today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.

ALA is funded by contributions from the public, along with gifts and grants from corporations, foundations and government agencies. ALA achieves its many successes through the work of thousands of committed volunteers and staff.

ALA also has been instrumental in persuading the Congress to increase federal funding for lung-related biomedical research, as well as domestic health programs such as tuberculosis control activities.

For more information, or to contact American Lung Association, see their website at: www.lungusa.org

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As Negotiations Resume on Proposed Tobacco Control Treaty U.S. Should Lead Effort to Protect Public Health or Get Out of the Way
11 Oct 02 | As negotiations resume next week on the proposed tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), it is time for the United States to lead the effort to protect public health around the world or to get out of the way and...

Kennedy-DeWine Bill to Grant FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products Will Protect Kids, Save Lives and End Special Protection for Big Tobacco
14 Jun 02 | Yet, tobacco products continue to be exempt from the basic consumer protections that apply to other products we consume. Realizing that its special protection may be coming to an end, Philip Morris, the nation's largest tobacco company, now ...

EPA Changes to New Source Review: Accounting Gimmicks that Increase Pollution
13 Jun 02 | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announced changes to the Clean Air Act rules, known as New Source Review, are accounting gimmicks that will increase air pollution and threaten public health. All Americans deserve to breathe clean air ...

Lung Association Applauds Delaware Governor For Signing Nation's Toughest Smoking-Control Law
31 May 02 | By prohibiting smoking in most indoor workplaces, Delaware will protect employees who previously were exposed to secondhand smoke while on the job. The American Lung Association© has been fighting lung disease for nearly 100 years.

Health and Environmental Groups To Sue EPA to Tackle Smog Problem
30 May 02 | The groups, including the American Lung Association, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense and Natural Resources Defense Council, said they plan to sue EPA to force the agency to begin implementing the ozone standard adopted by the agency nearly five...

American Lung Association / C. Everett Koop Foundation Award Presented To Peter Hanauer
20 May 02 | Peter Hanauer will receive the American Lung Association/C. Everett Koop Foundation's Unsung Hero Award at the Lung Association's annual conference in Atlanta. The American Lung Association and C. Everett Koop Foundation gives the Unsung Hero ...

American Lung Association Bestows Highest Volunteer Award on Joseph H. Bates, M.D., M.S.
19 May 02 | Joseph H. Bates, M.D. M.S., will receive the American Lung Association's highest volunteer award, the Will Ross Medal, at the American Lung Association's Annual Conference in Atlanta. The Will Ross Medal is the highest award given by the American ...

American Lung Association Installs New Chair, Anthony J. Delucia, Ph.D and National Board Officers
18 May 02 | The American Lung Association will install Anthony J. DeLucia, Ph.D of Johnson City, TN as its 100th Chair, succeeding Judge Cordell D. Meeks, Jr. from Kansas City, KS. William M. Voigt succeeds Anthony J. DeLucia, Ph.D as Chair-elect of the ...

The American Lung Association Bernard V. Gregory Award for Cultural Diversity Presented to the American Lung Association of Santa Clara-San Benito Counties, California
18 May 02 | The American Lung Association of Santa Clara-San Benito Counties will receive the American Lung Association's Bernard V. Gregory Award for Cultural Diversity. The Bernard Gregory award is given by the Lung Association to those that have ...

American Lung Association Applauds Court Action Supporting EPA Diesel Rule Next Steps Should Tackle Off-Road Vehicles
03 May 02 | The American Lung Association applauds the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for upholding an important public health regulation to require cleaner diesel trucks and buses and cleaner diesel fuel. By denying all industry ...

142 MILLION Americans Breathing Dirty Air!
01 May 02 | 142 MILLION Americans Breathing Dirty Air! The report grades and ranks counties on how often their air quality reaches "unhealthful" categories of the EPA's Air Quality Index for ozone air pollution.

Lung Association Prediction Holds as More States Increase Their Cigarette Taxes
24 Apr 02 | A new American Lung Association survey of state legislative action thus far in 2002 shows that five states have raised their cigarette excise taxes, including three that approved taxes of $1 or more per pack. The tobacco tax survey comes as a ...

American Lung Association® Praises Court of Appeals Decision Upholding Clean Air Standards
26 Mar 02 | The American Lung Association hailed today's D.C. Court of Appeals decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine soot particles (PM2.5) and ozone (smog). Industry sued EPA to challenge ...

Ethnic, Racial, Regional Disparities in Tuberculosis Rates Prompt Call for Congress To Bolster TB Funding
21 Mar 02 | A coalition of more than 80 public health organizations today issued a report urging Congress to avert a resurgence of tuberculosis in this country by increasing funding to fight the disease. "Tuberculosis anywhere in the world is a cause for ...

Lung Association Urges U.S. Tobacco Treaty Delegates To Protect Public Health, Not Big Tobacco; Call Issued for Public Hearing
12 Mar 02 | As international negotiators meet in Geneva March 18-24 for a fourth round of negotiations on a global tobacco-control treaty, the American Lung Association is concerned that U.S. delegates will fail once again to promote public health. "To date,...

Lung Association Says New Soot-Lung Cancer Study Confirms Need for EPA To Act NOW
05 Mar 02 | The American Lung Association© today said that a new study indicting fine particle or soot air pollution as a cause of lung cancer among people living in many large U.S. cities adds urgency to the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

National Health Organizations Challenge Governors: Increase Excise Tax on Cigarettes and Save Lives
25 Feb 02 | A national coalition of public health organizations today saluted governors who have proposed increasing their states' cigarette excise taxes and challenged governors and legislators in every state to increase cigarette taxes by a substantial ...

Statement of John L. Kirkwood President and Chief Executive Officer American Lung Association
25 Feb 02 | I am John Kirkwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. Each year the American Lung Association issues a report on state tobacco laws enacted the previous year.

State Tobacco Taxes Take Off
14 Feb 02 | A growing number of states are increasing taxes on tobacco products to raise revenues needed to protect public health, improve access to health care and combat huge budget deficits, according to an American Lung Association report on state tobacco...

Tobacco Industry Gave More Than $3 Million in Political Contributions in First Year of 2001-2002 Election Cycle
29 Jan 02 | The tobacco industry contributed more than $3 million in soft money and political action committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates, political parties and political committees from January 1, 2001, to January 1, 2002, according to a ...

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