Air Quality App Available for Your Smartphone

(June 21, 2012)

If the air quality outside was harmful, wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy tool that could give you a quick “heads up” before you head out? Well, the American Lung Association has just such a tool for you – and it’s free!

Despite continued improvements in improved air quality across the country, unhealthy levels of air pollution still exists across the nation. The American Lung Association has created a new State of the Air® smartphone application, a life-saving resource for people living with lung disease like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), people with heart disease or diabetes, as well as older adults and children. 

The State of the Air® app enables users to enter their zip code or use the geo-locator functionality to get current and next-day air quality conditions. The app also provides levels of both ozone and particle pollution, and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange or worse. Depending on the severity of the day’s air pollution, the app will provide vital health recommendations – advising that outdoor activities should be rescheduled or that people who work outdoors should limit extended or heavy exertion.

This air quality information is based on data made available to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The American Lung Association app is available for free download in the Apple and Android markets, or at www.lung.org/stateoftheairapp.

Also, the Lung Association has created an edgy public service advertising (PSA) campaign featuring provocative television, online and out-of-home components to encourage people to download the new air quality app. Check it out here!