American Lung Association to Release Polling Results on Public Views of Setting Stricter Soot Health Standards

Washington, D.C. (November 28, 2012)

 

WHAT:

The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Roser Research that examine public views on setting stricter soot standards to protect public health. The results are being released as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approaches a December 14, 2012, deadline to issue updated health standards for fine particle pollution (soot).

WHERE:

The Lung Association’s polling results will be available on November 29 via www.lung.org/healthy-air/outdoor/resources/soot-standards-survey-nov2012.html.

WHEN:

Polling results will be made public on Thursday, November 29, at 10 a.m. (ET). Media interviews are available upon request.

WHO:

Peter Iwanowicz, American Lung Association Assistant Vice President and
Missy Egelsky, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Vice President

WHY:

On December 14, the EPA is expected to finalize air quality standards for particle pollution. Soot is known to trigger asthma attacks; increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; increase hospital visits for respiratory and cardiovascular problems; and even kill. The more protective standards for soot called for by the Lung Association and other notable health and medical groups would not only clean up the dirty air Americans breathe every day but prevent approximately 35,700 premature deaths every year. The poll was commissioned to assess voters support for clean air protections.

HOW:

To schedule an interview, contact Mary Havell McGinty, mary.havell@lung.org or 202-715-3459; Hanah Smith, hsmith@mrss.com, 202-478-6173.

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