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American Lung Association - ALA

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61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10006

800-586-4872 (Voice - Toll-free)
212-315-8700 (Voice)
212-315-8870 (FAX)


The American Lung Association (ALA), formerly the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis. Since 1907, ALA has promoted Christmas Seals to raise public funds to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in America. ALA is primarily a health education agency, emphasizing anti-smoking and clean air activities to prevent and control lung hazards. Its self-management programs teach those suffering from lung disease, such as asthma, how to live with their condition. ALA also creates educational programs to teach lifelong good health habits, and it provides professional education to health care providers to help them deliver effective lung health care to their patients. ALA also awards grants for medical research and sponsors fellowships for young medical professionals to encourage them to specialize in pulmonary care. There are 110 State and local Lung Associations throughout the country. The American Thoracic Society is the medical arm of ALA.

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Printed materials, films, and other resource materials are available on request on such topics as air pollution, smoking, tuberculosis, lung hazards on the job, asthma, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Some materials are available in Spanish. Serial publications: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, monthly; American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, monthly.

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Review Date

Tue Aug 1, 2006