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MEDIA ALERT: Local Air Quality Report Card Issued in American Lung Association's 2019 'State of the Air'

(April 10, 2019) - HARRISBURG, Penn.

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]


WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 20th annual “State of the Air”report, including air quality grades of counties and rankings of cities in throughout Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia as they compare to others nationwide based on ozone pollution and particle pollution.

WHEN: The report will be live online on April 24 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time.

WHY: Millions of Americans live in counties and cities that have unhealthy levels of either ozone (smog) or particle pollution (soot) — two of the most common air pollutants that can cause health impacts such as asthma attacks, heart attacks, respiratory and cardiovascular harm, developmental and reproductive harm, lung cancer and even premature death. The “State of the Air” report highlights whether the air in cities across Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia is safe to breathe, especially for those more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution – including youth, older adults and those living with lung disease or heart disease. It also identifies major threats to air quality progress, including climate change and proposed federal policy changes.

WHERE: New findings from the “State of the Air” 2019 report will be updated at following the launch on April 24 at 12:01 a.m. ET.

WHO: Health and policy experts are available for media interviews to discuss the report findings, the health impacts of air pollution and actions needed to improve air quality.

HOW: To learn more about the report findings, contact Annette Eyer, [email protected] or 717- 971-1124



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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