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Lung Diseases A - Z

Lung disease is the number three killer in America, responsible for one in seven deaths. Lung disease and other breathing problems are the number one killer of babies younger than one year old. Today, more than 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This section includes information on lung cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema and A1AD related emphysema, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, HIV/AIDS and lung disease, and influenza. Click here to learn more about specific lung diseases.

Lung HelpLine

The Lung HelpLine is available to anyone who has a question about lung disease or lung health. The Lung HelpLine is staffed by nurses, respiratory therapists and smoking cessation therapists. The HelpLine is available by calling 1800-LUNGUSA, Monday-Friday from
7:00am-7:00pm CST.

Fast Fact Sheets

To learn more about asthma, tobacco, air quality or lung disease, click here to view our fact sheets.


Lung disease research is a critical component of the American Lung Association. ALACS supports national research efforts as well as providing funding to local researchers. Additionally, the ALACS region is home to 3 Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC). Our ACRCs are located in St. Louis, Kansas City and Houston. Click here to learn more about research at the American Lung Association.

Asthma Control Test

Are you committed to taking control of your asthma? Asthma is a serious condition, but you can take steps to reduce the risk of having a serious asthma incident. Take the Asthma Control Test to learn more about how you can control your asthma before it controls you! Click here to take the test now.

2006 Annual Report

The American Lung Association is committed to accuracy and transparency in our relationship with our donors. ALACS operates on a fiscal year of July 1 - June 30. Click here to view our most recent Annual Report as a PDF. This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. If you do not have this program, you can download it for free at www.adobe.com.