Healthy Air Outdoors

The quality of the air we breathe outdoors affects each of us. Unhealthy air is hazardous to our families and can even shorten their lives.

Outdoor Air Pollution and Health

Outdoor air pollution continues to threaten the lives and health of millions of people in the U.S. Find out what's in unhealthy air and how to protect yourself.

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What Makes Air Unhealthy?

Unhealthy air comes from dirty power plants, cars and trucks, as well as heavy construction equipment, to name a few sources. Even natural sources such as fires and dust contribute to air pollution.

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Fighting for Healthy Air

The American Lung Association has been leading the fight for healthy air for decades. Our primary tool is advocacy. We work to influence public policy and ensure that laws and regulations designed to clean up the air are enforced.

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Climate Change

Climate change threatens the health of millions of people, with serious risks to those already living with lung disease.

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Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Wildfires, flooding, hurricanes and other natural events can create unhealthy air, especially for people with lung disease. Cleanup often adds to the challenge.

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