American Lung Association

American Lung Association
American Lung Association.svg
AbbreviationLung Association
Motto"It's a matter of life and breath." (previous)
"Fighting For Air" (current)
Formation1904 (as National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis)
TypeNon-profit
PurposePreventing lung disease and promoting lung health
HeadquartersChicago, IL, Lung.org
RemarksNames:
-National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (1904 (founding)–1918)
-National Tuberculosis Association (1918–1968)
-National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (1968–1973)
-American Lung Association (since 1973)

The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.[1]

History

The organization was founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis by Edward Livingston Trudeau, Robert Hall Babcock, Henry Martyn Hall, Lawrence Flick, and S. Adolphus Knopf. Earlier in 1892, Flick had founded the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, the world's first society dedicated to the prevention of TB. The NASPT was Renamed the National Tuberculosis Association (NTA) in 1918, and then the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (NTRDA) in 1968; it adopted its current name in 1973.

Taglines that the association has used in its public-service messages have included:

  • "It's a matter of life and breath,"
  • "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters," and, currently,
  • "Fighting for Air."

In 1907, the Lung Association began their Christmas Seal campaign to raise money for a small TB sanatorium in Delaware. Emily Bissell, a Red Cross volunteer at the time, created holiday seals to sell at the post office for a penny a piece. By the end of her fundraising campaign, she had raised more than ten times the amount needed to save the sanatorium, and the tradition of Christmas Seals was launched.[2]

The association is a defender of the Clean Air Act.[3]

An American Lung Association booth at a local 5k race in Kansas City.
An American Lung Association booth at a local 5k race in Kansas City.

In October 2018, the association launched its school-based initiative, "Yoga Power", a program designed to increase awareness of the importance of lung health, at Woodward Elementary School, in Delaware, Ohio.[4]