America Lung Association to Release "State of the Air 2013" Report April 24, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. (Local Time)

Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2013)

WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 14th annual “State of the Air” report, a national air quality “report card” that grades counties and ranks cities across the nation based on their scores for ozone (sometimes called smog), year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) and short-term particle pollution levels.

WHERE: The full report will be available at, on April 24, 2013, at 12 a.m. (local time), including trend charts and rankings for metropolitan areas and county grades, an infographic, and a full discussion of health concerns and policy recommendations.

WHEN: Materials are embargoed until Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. (local time).

WHO: Embargoed interviews are available upon request with Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President of National Policy and “State of the Air” project director, American Lung Association.

HOW: To schedule an embargoed interview, contact Mary Havell McGinty, or 202-715-3459

WHY: More than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone (smog) or particle pollution (soot)—the most common air pollutants that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and even premature death. Find out if the air quality in your area is safe to breathe and how to protect your loved ones from these hazardous toxins. Learn about critical steps that the nation must take to continue to make progress toward cleaner, healthier air.


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: