American Lung Association

55 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

About American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national, non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention, cure, and control of all types of lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. This is accomplished through programs of community service, public health education, advocacy, and research. The ALA was established in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. As the number of tuberculosis cases declined over the years, the association widened its focus to include other forms of lung disease and, in 1973, changed its name to the American Lung Association. The association offers assistance through support groups, genetic counseling, patient networking, referrals, and the development and dissemination of educational materials. Such materials include reports, brochures, audiovisual aids, and Spanish language materials.