WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Lung Association honored U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today with its national Lung Health Champion Award for his unwavering leadership and commitment to the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. The award was presented before a joint session of the American Lung Association’s Board of Directors and Nationwide Assembly in Washington. 

“Senator Lautenberg’s tireless efforts for lung health have led to untold lives saved and the health of our nation forever improved,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq., chair, National Board of Directors, American Lung Association.

Lautenberg has fought hard to reduce tobacco use and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke.  He championed U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco, and he wrote the laws to make airplanes and all federally-funded places that serve children smokefree.  These policies sparked a smokefree revolution, which has greatly improved public health around the world. 

He led the efforts to save the Center for Disease Control’s National Asthma Control Program from elimination, and has been steadfast in his support of biomedical research and the fight to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare.

In addition, Lautenberg helped write the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 to protect the quality of air we breathe.

“The American Lung Association is eternally grateful for Senator Lautenberg’s leadership and commitment to the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air,” said Lanzafame.  “He has truly earned the title ‘champion.’”