We are committed to helping New Mexicans lead tobacco-free lives by ALAN helping teens and adults to quit smoking (Not on Tobacco, Freedom From Smoking), keeping tobacco out of the hands of youth and encouraging leadership opportunities (Teens Against Tobacco Use), and training healthcare providers on brief intervention skills they use with patients who are smoking (5As).
ALANM also plays an active role in educating the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke, working with campus, tribal, and community coalitions to create smoke-free places.
We promote better management of childhood asthma by partnering with school districts—including Albuquerque Public Schools—to comprehensively address asthma in the school setting through educating students, faculty, and parents about asthma management (Open Airways in Schools, Asthma 101), training coaches and physical education instructors about asthma and exercise, and working with administrators and maintenance staff to identify and reduce asthma triggers within schools.
We take the lead on raising awareness about indoor and outdoor air pollution through our radon educational campaigns and annual State of the Air report. Additionally, a new initiative to examine air quality in the region has been launched in partnership with Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
ALANM connects people living with lung disease with resources such as our Better Breathers support groups.