The American Lung Association released its 13th annual State of the Air report on April 25. It’s a classic good news/bad news story.
The good news? There has been great progress in cleaning up air pollution across the U.S., thanks to the Clean Air Act. Twenty two of the 25 cities with the most ozone pollution improved their air quality over the past year’s report. And all but two cities with the most year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) improved over the previous report.
The bad news? More than 127 million people—41 percent of the nation—live in counties with air pollution levels that are too often dangerous to breathe.
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GillespieHall does a lot of work with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Many ALA staffers have very personal reasons for the work they do. And many of us here at GH have friends and family members whose lives have been affected by lung disease.
Breathing is one of those things that you take for granted, until you or someone you’re close to struggles to breathe.
Join the American Lung Association in its fight for clean air. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Clean Air Act—including standing up against any actions to weaken, block or delay full implementation of this lifesaving law.