Through a wide range of local programs and services, we are committed to fighting
lung disease in all its forms and working with our communities to promote lung health.
Why do we exist?
Every day, far too many people struggle to breathe easy. More than 35 million Americans
suffer from lung disease, which accounts for the 3rd leading cause of death in the
country. Ranging from asthma and mphysema to tuberculosis and lung cancer, lung
disease can strike people of all ages, all races and from all walks of life. In
addition, air pollution and secondhand smoke continue to pose a threat to both lung
disease patients and healthy individuals.
To combat these health challenges, Breathe California of the Bay Area is proud to
bring a wide range of services to our communities. We provide classes to teach kids
how to manage their asthma, support groups for adults with lung disease, tobacco
education for youth and teens, quit smoking classes for adults ready to go smoke-free
and many other educational programs. We advocate for policies that reduce air pollution,
keep tobacco away from kids, protect the public from secondhand smoke and provide
assistance for lung disease patients. Breathe California is also proud to support
cutting-edge research that will help us further combat lung disease.
What have you accomplished?
Since our founding in 1911, we have led the fight against lung disease in all its
forms. Over the past century, we’ve been instrument n establishing tobacco-free
communities, achieving healthy air quality and combating the impact of lung disease.
Yet, the truest measure of our success lies in the lives that we touch every day.
We have helped Barbara advocate for changes in housing to protect her disabled grandson
from drifting tobacco smoke. Chongde has received life-saving breathing equipment.
Luis, an elementary school student, learned how to control his asthma at Camp Superstuff,
so that he can sleep better, run farther, and not feel "different" at school. Josephine
finally kicked the habit with the help of our Ash Kickers quit-smoking classes.
And through the Better Breathers Club support group, Jean has found the support,
knowledge and encouragement to confront her emphysema and lead life to its fullest.