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MEDIA ALERT: American Lung Association to Release ‘State of the Air 2016’ Report

(April 12, 2016) -

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 17th annual "State of the Air" report, a national air quality grade and ranking of metro regions across the nation based on ozone (sometimes called smog), year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) and short-term spikes in particle pollution levels.

WHERE: New findings from the "State of the Air" report will be updated on at 12:01 a.m. ET on April 20, 2016

WHEN: Prior to the public release on April 20 at 12:01 a.m. Local 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: Paul Billings, Senior Vice President, Advocacy at the American Lung Association; Lyndsay Moseley Alexander, Assistant Vice President, Healthy Air Campaign, American Lung Association; and Norman Edelman, MD, Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association Director will be available for embargoed interviews on the report findings.

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

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, and can even cause premature death. Find out if the air quality in your area is safe to breathe and 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:

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