The Legislature finds and declares that the practice of respiratory therapy in Alabama affects the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Alabama. It, therefore, should be subject to regulation and control, in the public interest to protect the citizenry against the unauthorized, unqualified, and improper administration of respiratory therapy and from unprofessional or unethical conduct by persons licensed to practice respiratory therapy.

(Act 2004-518, p. 1038, §1.)