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Breathe California is making a difference by advocating for lung health issues and acting as a model for the nation...but we can't do it without you. In addition to our local grassroots programs which promote lung health, we are working on state and national levels to help shape policy and pass legislation supporting our vision of healthier communities and cleaner air. Members of our Advocacy Network will be able to sign petitions and send web messages to their legislators about policy issues that Breathe California is focusing on. Become a Breathe California Advocate today.

A History of Leadership in Public Health Image

Since 1908, with the help of thousands upon thousands of individuals like you supporting us, we have worked to prevent lung disease and promote lung health in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Since our founding as the San Francisco Society for the Study of and Prevention of Tuberculosis, we have been at the forefront in support of research, education and advocacy to eradicate lung disease.


Through education, prevention, treatment and research, we played a key role in containing the TB epidemic by the mid-1900s. Today we continue to advocate for adequate funding of TB control services, as tuberculosis remains one of the leading causes of death by infectious disease worldwide.

Tobacco Control

Since the 1980s we have been leaders in advocating for smoke-free workplaces, restaurants, bars, parks, golf courses, farmers markets and multi-unit housing. Breathe California staff have provided leadership to local county tobacco control coalitions.

Clean Air Advocacy

With the help of a strong grassroots effort we have been instrumental in the adoption of clean vehicle policies for city and county fleets, the removal of dirty diesel school buses, wood smoke control and adoption of clean truck and construction regulations in California. Today we continue to fight against threats to regulations that protect clean air and reduce green house gases.

Asthma Advocacy

In addition to our Asthma Education programs, we have advocated for policies to reduce the burden of asthma in communities, including instituting asthma action plans for students in schools and daycare, increasing carpet-free and smoke-free units and assisting with mold identification in public housing.


Since the early 1900s we have made research a top priority in our fight against lung disease. We continually advocate for increased funding for lung disease research on the state and national level.

The Fight Continues

We have seen many successes, but there is much more to do. Lung disease is now the 2nd leading cause of death in America. As we strive for a world free of lung disease, we are determined to confront these challenges with the same commitment and determination we used to curtail the tuberculosis epidemic of the 1900s.

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