Our Mission
To eliminate lung disease and improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.

Who We Are Today

For more than 100 years, Breathe New Hampshire has been an integral part of the public health landscape in the Granite State. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Breathe NH focuses on critical issues related to lung health, such as tobacco use, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, air quality, and lung cancer. We provide educational programs, advocate for public health, and support scientific research to prevent, eliminate, and treat lung disease. For the President's message and a current list of our Board of Directors click here

Our History

Founded in 1916, Breathe New Hampshire is the state's oldest nonprofit public health agency.  Under the leadership of our founder, Dr. Robert B. Kerr, a group of concerned citizens established the New Hampshire Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis. The original mission was to stop the spread of tuberculosis in New Hampshire. Later in the century, antibiotics were discovered that cured tuberculosis and brought the spread of the disease under control in this country.

Our Name Changes

We began operating as the New Hampshire Lung Association in 1973, addressing a broader array of lung health issues at a time when chronic lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, and lung cancer were increasing. On July 1, 2007, we changed our name to Breathe New Hampshire. Since our founding in 1916, we have had many names as our organization and public health evolved. Despite the name changes, we have remained the same legal organization focused on the lung health challenges in New Hampshire. 

Below are the various names we have had since our founding.  

  • 2007 - Breathe New Hampshire
  • 1987 - American Lung Association of New Hampshire
  • 1973 - New Hampshire Lung Association
  • 1970 - New Hampshire Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease Association
  • 1961 - New Hampshire Tuberculosis & Health Association
  • 1920 - New Hampshire Tuberculosis Association
  • 1916 - New Hampshire Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis 

Our Values


We approach our work with honesty and integrity and are accountable and credible in all we do.  


We listen, respond, and advocate, addressing issues in effective and innovative ways. 


We value the contributions of others and build community connections and develop relationships to reach common goals.

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