What We Do

The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 20 years. Our primary tool 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.

» Advocating for healthy air today
» Current Priorities

Advocating for healthy air today

Polluters and some members of Congress want to 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 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 a Power Plant Carbon Pollution Video to explain the issues widely.

Current Priorities

Just in the past year, we have taken crucial steps that will result in less pollution, better health, and thousands of lives saved each year.

  • We have led a nationwide effort to get EPA to strengthen the limits on ozone air pollution, often called smog. If the EPA and the White House follow our recommendation, these limits will prevent up to 7,900 premature deaths and 1.8 million asthma attacks in 2025.
  • We have urged President Obama to adopt a strong Clean Power Plan that will help the nation set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The proposed Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks and up to 6,600 premature deaths annually when fully implemented. These commonsense clean air safeguards will improve the quality of our air, protect our health and spark innovation in clean energy technologies.

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 to protect public health, so we are still fighting for healthy air.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?You can protect your family by checking the air quality forecasts in your community and avoiding exercising or working outdoors when the unhealthy air is expected.

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