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American Lung Association to Release ‘State of the Air’ 2017 Report, Identifying Unhealthy Air and its Health Risks Across Nation

(March 3, 2017) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 18th annual “State of the Air”report, including a national air quality grade and rankings of cities across the nation based on ozone pollution (sometimes called smog) and particle pollution (sometimes called soot).

WHY: Millions of Americans live in counties and cities that have unhealthy levels of either ozone (smog) or particle pollution (soot)—the most common air pollutants that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, developmental and reproductive harm, lung cancer and even premature death. Find out if the air quality in your area is safe to breathe; learn about critical steps that the nation must take to continue to make progress toward cleaner, healthier air; and why we must combat climate change to continue progress in the fight for healthy air. 

WHERE: New findings from the “State of the Air” report will be available on at 12:01 a.m. ET on April 19, 2017.

WHEN: Prior to the public release on April 19 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, embargoed press materials and embargoed interviews on the report findings and the health effects of ozone and particle pollution are available upon request.

WHO: Experts available for embargoed media interviews on report findings and health impacts of air pollution include:

  • Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President of National Policy, American Lung Association
  • Paul Billings, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, American Lung Association
  • Norman Edelman, MD, Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association
  • Brian Christman, MD, American Lung Association volunteer spokesperson

(Spanish-speaking medical expert available upon request.)

HOW: To schedule an embargoed interview, contact Allison MacMunn, [email protected] or 312-801-7628.


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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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