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American Lung Association
Abbreviation ALA
Motto It's a matter of life and breath.
Formation 1904 (as National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis)
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Membership 32,000
President and Chief Executive Officer Charles D. Connor
Remarks Names:
-National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (1904 (founding)–1918)
-National Tuberculosis Association (1918–1968)
-National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (1968–1973)
-American Lung Association (since 1973)

The American Lung Association, or ALA, is a non-profit organization that "fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and air quality."



The organization was founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. Renamed the National Tuberculosis Association, (NTA) in 1918, and then the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (NTRDA) in 1968, it adopted its current name in 1973. Its most famous tagline was and remains, "It's a matter of life and breath."

A modified version of the Cross of Lorraine serves as the ALA's logo. The Paris, France, physician Dr. Gilbert Sersiron suggested its use in 1902 as a symbol for the "crusade" against tuberculosis.[1][2]


The ALA is funded by contributions from the public, along with gifts and grants from corporations, foundations and government agencies. One of its best-known fund-raising campaigns is its Christmas Seals program, which has been an annual fundraising and public awareness tool for tuberculosis and lung disease since 1908.

Notable participants

Dr. Henry Martyn Hall is one of the ten original founders and was honored at the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the National Tuberculosis Association at Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1954.[3]

U.S. President Grover Cleveland was an honorary vice president from 1905 to 1908; U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was an honorary vice president from 1905 to 1919.[4]


  1. ^ Staff writer (Undated). "The Cross of Lorraine — A Symbol of the Anti-TB "Crusade"". TB Alert. Retrieved 2009-10-21.  
  2. ^"History of the Double-Barred Cross". Alberta Lung Association. Retrieved 2006-11-18.  
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph. May 16, 1954.
  4. ^A History of the National Tuberculosis Association, Sigard Adolphus Knopf, April 1, 1922.

External links

  •, the American Lung Association's official website


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