Welcome to Breathe California
Beginning in 1904, Breathe California has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.
Our five local offices continue to fight lung disease and protect lung health through grassroots work in our own communities. We offer a wide array of quality programs and services to combat critical lung health issues such as asthma, tobacco use, emphysema, lung cancer, air pollution and tuberculosis. We strive to reach all of the diverse populations unique to our state and to help all Californians breathe easier. To learn more, visit your local Breathe California office's website.
On a statewide level, we work in Sacramento to help shape policy and pass legislation supporting our vision of a healthier California where we can breathe cleaner air.
Urge Governor Brown to Sign Tobacco Control BillsRecently, the California legislature voted to approve six tobacco control bills that would protect the health of our young people and help California realize a tobacco-free future. The only step left is the Governor's signature, and we know that Big Tobacco is working hard behind the scenes to get him to veto. The Sacramento Bee reported that tobacco lobbyists are using a "scorched earth" strategy to threaten the Governor's initiative proposals if he doesn't veto the tobacco bills. The Governor's signature is not a guarantee, and we need your voice to tell the Governor to stand up to the tobacco lobby, to stand up for our children and to sign the tobacco legislation on his desk. What do these bills do? In short, they close some of the loopholes that have plagued our tobacco control laws around the state and that have allowed the rise of new tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, to go without meaningful regulation. They are:
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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.