Advocacy

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization that works to prevent lung cancer, improve the lives of those affected by lung cancer, and increase positive lung cancer outcomes. ABOH recognizes the importance of governance to the health and wellness of cancer patients as well as the general public, and therefore has launched an advocacy initiative to aid in the advancement of our mission. While ABOH is not involved in drafting current legislation, we do monitor and provide information on active bills that are being introduced and could impact our work or future lung cancer initiatives. ABOH and its supporters regularly meet with legislators and their staff to keep them updated about the work ABOH is doing in their communities, how lung cancer affects their constituents and the implications of legislation on the lung cancer field.

To learn more about ABOH’s advocacy program or lend your voice to the conversation, please email Ambassador@AbreathofHope.org.

Minnesota legislation that ABOH is monitoring and can provide insight on:

Cancer Data: calling to collect and analyze cancer incidence data 

  • to better monitor lung cancer cases and projects aimed at improving survivorship 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: HF0381
  • »Bill in the Senate: SF0396

Unlicensed Radon Mitigation: allowing contractors to perform radon mitigation work 

  • to allow unqualified contractors to perform essential radon mitigation work, putting consumers at risk and not supporting Minnesota’s licensed radon contractors 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: HF1646
  • »Bill in the Senate: SF1559

Access to Clinical Trials: increasing treatment autonomy for metastatic cancer patients (Passed!)

  • to increase the number of cancer patients able to participate in life saving clinical trials and other forms of precision medicine 

Tobacco Cessation: providing tobacco cessation services and education (Passed!)

  • to aid Minnesotans in decreasing or eliminating their addiction to cigarettes—the number one cause of lung cancer 

Radon in Schools: requiring school districts to conduct radon testing 

  • to decrease the likelihood of a lung cancer diagnosis by reducing student and faculty exposure to radon—the second leading cause of lung cancer & to increase awareness about the dangers of radon 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: HF0244
  • »Bill in the Senate: SF0201

Landlord Radon Testing: requiring landlords to test for radon, disclose levels, and mitigate if needed

  • to protect the general public’s health and increase awareness about the dangers of long-term radon exposure 
  • »Bill in the Senate: SF2426

United States legislation that ABOH is monitoring and can provide insight on: 

Access to Clinical Trials: ensuring coverage of routine costs associated with clinical trials 

  • to reduce health disparities and improve the quality of research by enabling underrepresented minority groups to participate 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: H.R. 913

Women and Lung Cancer: funding research and preventative services 

  • to increase public awareness about lung cancer, expand access to preventative lung cancer research, and identify the gaps in research on women and lung cancer 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: H.R. 1107

Youth & Tobacco: reversing the youth tobacco epidemic 

  • to prevent the rise of nicotine addiction and decrease adolescent use of tobacco—the number one cause of lung cancer 
  • »Bill in the House of Representatives: H.R. 2339

To learn more about ABOH’s advocacy program or lend your voice to the conversation, please email
Ambassador@AbreathofHope.org.