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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.

In California, Big Tobacco spends 10 times as much marketing tobacco as the state spends on tobacco prevention, resulting in over 30,000 kids starting to smoke each year. In response to this ongoing challenge, the American Lung American in California founded the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing in 2002 to ensure local advocates across California have the skills, resources and information to be successful in protecting their neighbors and communities from the harmful effects of tobacco use.

For more than 10 years, the Center has brought together tobacco control policy expertise, campaign consulting proficiency and community organizing skills to help provide California’s tobacco control movement with resources, tools and effective strategies to build political capital and achieve policy success.

The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing receives funding from the California Department of Public Health Public Health Institute, and the County of Los Angeles.

For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1.800.LUNG.USA (1.800.586.4872) or visit www.lung.org/california.

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