About us

One person in five in the UK is affected by lung disease. Millions more are at risk. We are here for every one of them, leading the fight against lung disease.

We support people affected by lung conditions

We have more than 230 Breathe Easy support groups across the UK. These are local groups where you can go to meet other people affected by lung disease and find out more about conditions. Our groups also work together to campaign for change.

If you can’t make it to a Breathe Easy group, we have a penpals scheme you can join to get in touch with people in a similar situation to you.

BLF nurses provide specialist care at home and in community clinics. This can mean you have the choice to stay at home, where you’re comfortable, during treatment rather than go into hospital, or to be discharged earlier.

When you find out you or someone close to you has a lung condition, the first thing you want is information. We have all the facts both online and in print.

The specialist nurses and advisers on our helpline are dedicated to answering your questions. Call the helpline to find out about more than 40 lung conditions, to ask questions about your rights, or simply to talk to someone who cares. Call 03000 030 555 or you can email us. The cost of calling is now guaranteed to be included in your call package, or will cost the same as calling a landline, even from a mobile. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

We know that just talking to someone in the same situation as you and asking advice can be a great support. You can do this on our easy-to-use online community.

Find out more about the support we offer.

We fund vital research so that new treatments and cures can help to save lives

Excellent research is key to finding new treatments for lung disease – saving and prolonging lives. We invest more than £1 million a year in research projects to fight lung disease.

Among many other achievements, our research has:

  • Found one of the genes involved in lung cancer
  • Proved that vitamin C is crucial for healthy lungs
  • Led to a 30 per cent reduction in the unnecessary use of antibiotics for treating chest infections
  • Shed light on how lung cancers become resistant to treatment
  • Identified which components of air pollution are the most hazardous to our lungs.
  • Find out more about our research.

We promote greater understanding of lung disease and we campaign for positive change in the nation’s lung health.

Lung disease is the third biggest killer in the UK. We make sure people know what puts them at risk and can take action to protect themselves and their families from lung disease.

We also make sure it gets through to decision-makers in Government, so every person with lung disease in the UK gets the treatment and care they deserve. We campaign hard for improvements in all areas of lung health.

Our history

Professor Malcolm Green and a group of lung specialists from London’s Royal Brompton Hospital established the British Lung Foundation in 1985. Since then, we have brought together people from all walks of life who are dedicated to conquering lung disease.