Air Quality Facts

  • #StateoftheAir 2014 shows that air quality got worse in 2010-2012 across much of the nation. @LungAssociation
  • Nearly 5 out of 10 people live where the air they breathe earned an F in #StateoftheAir 2014. @LungAssociation
  • Many areas had worse ozone than in last year's #StateoftheAir, showing the need for continued cleanup. @LungAssociation
  • Cleaner diesel engines helped cut year-round particle pollution in many areas in #StateoftheAir 2014. @LungAssociation
  • Air pollution hovers at unhealthy levels in almost every major city, placing lives at risk. #StateoftheAir @LungAssociation
  • 22 of the most ozone-polluted cities had worse ozone in 2010-2012 @LungAssociation #StateoftheAir.
  • 13 cities with the worst annual particle pollution had their lowest-ever in 2010-2012. #StateoftheAir @LungAssociation
  • 16 cities with the worst spikes in particle pollution had fewer bad days in 2010-2012. #StateoftheAir @LungAssociation
  • Looking for a clean air city? Four cities made all #StateoftheAir cleanest cities lists in 2010-2012. @LungAssociation
  • @LungAssociation fights for reduced power plant emissions - especially carbon - and stronger safeguards. #StateoftheAir
  • Breathing ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad sunburn within the lungs. #StateoftheAir @LungAssociation
  • Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Particle pollution can also cause early death and heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for people with asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Particles are smaller than 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. When you inhale them, they are small enough to get past the body's natural defenses.
  • Ozone and particle pollution are both linked to increased risk of lower birth weight in newborns.
  • Cleaner air may add 4 months on to the average person's life, according to one study.
  • More than 147.6 million people live in counties that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution.
  • Nearly 27.8 million people live in counties that got an F for all three measures: ozone, year-round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution.
  • Do you live near, or work on or near a busy highway? Pollution from the traffic may put you at greater risk of harm.
  • People who work or exercise outside face increased risk from the effects of air pollution.
  • Certain groups are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, such as: infants, older adults and people with lung diseases like asthma.
  • Minorities and lower income groups are often disproportionately affected by air pollution which put them at higher risk for illnesses.
  • Air pollution is a serious health threat. It sends people to the hospital, shapes how kids' lungs develop, and can even be deadly.
  • Steps you can take to improve air quality will also help fight climate change. Drive less. Don't burn wood or trash. Use less electricity. Make sure your school system requires clean buses.
  • You can protect your family by checking the air quality forecasts in your community and avoiding exercising or working outdoors when the unhealthy air is expected.
  • Big polluters and some members of Congress are trying to change the Clean Air Act and dismantle 40 years of progress. The Lung Association is fighting to keep the law strong to continue to protect public health.
  • Cutting air pollution through the Clean Air Act will prevent at least 230,000 deaths and save $2 trillion annually by 2020.