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The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Through research, education and advocacy, we fight to reduce smoking, clean the air we breathe, prevent and treat lung diseases including asthma and COPD, and eliminate lung cancer.
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Buying Dirty Air

Our annual State of the Air reports tell us that Californians face greater air pollution challenges than anywhere in the nation. Our volunteers, medical and health partners and staff fight for clean air because we know the terrible toll unhealthy air c...Read More »

Does Baseball Promote the Use of Smokeless Tobacco?

I grew up going to baseball games, specifically Dodger games, but this blog post is not about which baseball team is the best. (Go Dodgers!) Many of my friends growing up, including my little brother, played baseball.  I spent countless evenings at the little league field and at my high school Read More »

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#Words of the year

“Vape” — to suck on an electronic cigarette — is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of 2014, while in the French vote the runner-up was vapoter, which means the same. Italians now say svapare. (Vaping, incidentally, has necessitated a new term for an old thing: “tRead more »

EDITORIAL: Portland commissioners should say 'no' to the tobacco-ban herd

they should do what – sadly – counts these days as the weird thing: Challenge the conventional wisdom by asking how, exactly, tobacco users harm others in parks and on golf courses. If the best argument ban proponents can produce is that smokers look coolRead more »