Media Alert: American Lung Association to Host "State of the Air 2013" Twitter Chat

Find out the State of Your Air

Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2013)

WHAT:  The American Lung Association is hosting a Twitter chat with air quality experts who will talk about the results of this year’s "State of the Air" report.  Find out if the air quality in your area is safe to breathe and what can be done to protect your loved ones from the most common air pollutants, ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot), which can cause serious health problems including asthma attacks,  heart attacks, and even premature death.
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 3-4 p.m. (ET)

WHO:  Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President of National Policy, American Lung Association
Paul G. Billings, Senior Vice President, American Lung Association
Peter Iwanowicz, Director of the Healthy Air Campaign, American Lung Association 

WHY:  "State of the Air 2013" finds significant progress in the reduction of year-round particle pollution (soot) across the nation, but many cities that ranked among the most polluted had more unhealthy days of high ozone (smog) and short-term particle pollution than in the 2012 report.  More than 40 percent of us live in areas where air pollution still threatens our health.  Using the hashtag: #StateoftheAir, the Lung Association will take questions about air pollution levels across the country, its impact on public health, and what can be done to improve air quality.

HOW:  Use the hashtag #StateoftheAir to join this Twitter chat and to submit questions to @LungAssociation. Participants’ healthy air questions will be answered by Lung Association experts. 

No registration is required.  The "State of the Air 2013" data is available at


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: