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State of the Air 2013

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Released last week, the American Lung Association's “State of the Air 2013” report shows a continued long-term trend nationwide of improved air quality. Still, millions of people live where the air harms their health and can shorten their lives. The "State of the Air" report explains how polluted—or clean—the air is where you live and how you can protect yourself and your family. Below, we share with you some tidbits from this year's report.
What’s Changed?
Across the nation, cities and counties have reduced their particle pollution (soot) and ozone pollution (smog) pollution in the 14 years since we released our first "State of the Air" report. Many cities with the worst year-round particle pollution have made the most progress since the 2012 report. Some of the most polluted cities suffered more days with high ozone or short-term particle levels than in last year's report. And growing research shows more ways air pollution can harm your health.
Key Findings
• More than 131.8 million people in the United States—4 in 10 people—live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.
• Nearly 24.8 million people (8 percent) in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of all three: ozone, short-term and year-round particle pollution.
• Eighteen cities had lower year-round levels of particle pollution, including 16 cities with their lowest levels recorded.
What's the Grade for Your Air? Find out how your community's air quality measures up.
How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Family?
Take action and be a part of our Fight for Air—ask EPA to clean up gasoline and vehicle emissions. Emissions from cars and light trucks are a major source of dangerous air pollution. The EPA needs to issue a final version of the proposed Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards (Tier 3) before the end of 2013. These standards will reduce harmful ozone and particle pollution in our air, save lives, and allow us to breathe a little easier. So please, let EPA know you support strong emissions standards, then download our State of the Air phone app for air quality forecasts that can protect you and your family from unhealthy air days.
"State of the Air" 2013 Received Outstanding News Coverage
National news coverage featured "State of the Air" 2013 in CNN, HealthDay, Huffington Post, ABC News, Fox News and more. It was even highlighted by Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News.

Local and regional stories spanned the nation, including: San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Indianapolis Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Columbus Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Antonio Express, Salt Lake Tribune and many hundreds more.
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Are You at Risk from Air Pollution? [Infographic]
Visit to see your air quality report card. While you're there, learn to protect yourself and your family from air pollution and share your grades with others.

Join the fight. We won't rest until everyone can breathe clean and healthy air.

Thank you for your continued support.


Paul G. Billings
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Education
American Lung Association
Mark your calendars: Join @LungAssociation for a live #StateoftheAir twitter chat Wednesday May 1st at 3PM ET. Ask questions about the report and air pollution from our team of experts.
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