The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. For more than 100 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe.
Our Mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
In addition to funding lung disease research and healthy air initiatives, here’s a list of programs and accomplishments completed in South Carolina throughout 2018:
- 87 children and parents attended Camp Breathe Easy, South Carolina. They completed asthma education classes and were given resources to help control asthma, keeping kids out of the emergency room and in the classroom.
- Hundreds of calls were taken by the Lung HelpLine, a free telephonic service where people can ask nurses and respiratory therapists questions about lung health and lung disease.
- Approximately 150 people received support from 10 Better Breathers Clubs. BBCs offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD and other lung diseases, while receiving the support of others who share similar struggles.
- More than 1,400 Tuberculosis patients were assisted with incentives and enablers, which encourage patients to take medications and complete treatment.
- 3,260 public housing units were provided with information on the dangers of secondhand smoke and cessation resources.
- 232 elementary and middle school students received tobacco education.
- 72 people took part in 8 Freedom From Smoking clinics to receive support on their journey to quit smoking.
- Saved By The Scan encourages individuals that have smoked to take an online quiz to find out if they qualify to be screened for lung cancer. If the disease is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years improves from 11 to 55 percent. From the time the campaign started in August 2017, over 1,700 South Carolinians have completed the quiz.