Our Accomplishments

The American Lung Association in California has a proud history of fighting for lung health. Tobacco smoke, polluted air and lung diseases such as lung cancer, COPD, asthma and others threaten our lungs and lives. If left unaddressed, climate change will make air pollution even worse.  The mission of our advocacy efforts is to improve air quality, improve lung health and prevent lung disease for all Californians.

The American Lung Association 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.

At the Center, we measure our success by the success of local campaigns led by local tobacco control coalitions and advocates across California. We guide community activists, volunteers and county staff in developing the knowledge and skills to educate policy makers, carry out local policy campaigns, and organize community coalitions to win.

And we have been winning a lot in California. Over the past 15 years tobacco control advocates have passed hundreds of smokefree housing, smokefree outdoor areas and tobacco retailer licensing ordinances across the state.

We believe that our trainings, policy assistance, and resources contributed to this broad success.

We’re proud of these accomplishments and look forward to many more!