What We Do

The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 20 years. Our primary weapon is advocacy. We work to influence public policy and ensure enforcement of laws that help us clean up our air. Whether in the courtroom or on Capitol Hill, we constantly work to make the air we all share cleaner and healthier.

» Working for healthy air today
» Milestone victories

Working for healthy air today

Polluters and some members of Congress want weaken, delay, or undermine the Clean Air Act and the protective standards the law requires. We fight hard to prevent that. Here's how:

  • We've mobilized Lung Association staff and volunteers from across the country to Capitol Hill, for scores of one-on-one meetings with lawmakers, to remind them that our nation's health—and particularly that of our children—depends on air quality laws that truly protect our health.
  • We conducted public polls that showed that voters support clean air and want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not Congress, to set and enforce clean air standards.
  • We collected stories of kids like Jake who struggled with asthma to explain to Congress why healthy air matters. We welcome your story, too.
  • We launched a series of hard-hitting Red Carriage ads and Secondhand Smog PSA to explain the issues widely.

Milestone victories

We have fought the changes that would have weakened our nation's ability to require them to clean up their dangerous emissions.

Just in the past year, we have celebrated a key victory that will result in less pollution, better health, and thousands of lives saved each year. We've also called for more steps to protect public health.

We've also taken action to defend strong safeguards from challenges by polluters and others in court and from friends of polluters in Congress. More needs to be done, so we are still fighting for healthy air.

FACT: Do you live near, or work on or near a busy highway? Pollution from the traffic may put you at greater risk of harm.

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