Year of Air Pollution & Health | American Lung Association

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What Is the Year of Air Pollution & Health?

We are taking a full year to celebrate progress in reducing pollution in the air we breathe and highlight remaining obstacles to healthy air for all. Each month, we will spotlight the lifesaving importance of healthy air, focusing on different themes such as how air pollution harms health, who is at risk and ways to take action to protect our communities—especially in light of the challenge of climate change.

View previous months' themes:

December: "Protecting the Air We Breathe"

December: Protecting the Air We Breathe

During the final month of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, the focus is on action. The nation has achieved significant reductions in air pollution thanks to the dedicated efforts of the many people who have worked to create, implement, and advocate for healthy air protections, especially those under the Clean Air Act.

While so much progress has been made to improve air quality in the United States, there is still work to do to ensure that all Americans breathe healthy air. This work is more important than ever, as climate change is making it increasingly difficult to clean up air pollution, and there are a number of efforts happening within the Administration that could undermine clean air safeguards.

We can't take the air we breathe for granted. Everyone deserves to breathe air that won't make them sick. Join us to help ensure healthy air for all. Your voice is so important!

What Can You Do to Help Protect Healthy Air for All?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to censor the science it uses in its decisions—and ignore research that shows that air pollution harms health. The likely result: weak limits on air pollution that fail to reflect the science and fail to protect health.

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Learn More: Resources for this Month

From the American Lung Association

From Montana Asthma Control Program

  • Coming Soon: Information on Wood Stove Smoke & Air Quality on the "Health in the 406" page

Year At-A-Glance Calendar

View and share our monthly topics in the Year of Air Pollution & Health. Download PDF

Year of Air Pollution & Health poster (small)

Official Year of Air Pollution & Health Partner Organizations

National Partners

UN Environment, North America Office logoAlliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments logoAmerican Public Health Association logoAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America logoHealth Care Without Harm logoHealth Resources in Action logoMedical Society Consortium on Climate and Health logoNational Association of County and City Health OfficialsPhysicians for Social Responsibility logoUN Environment, North America Office  logo

Regional/State/Local Partners

American Medical Student Association, Virginia Commonwealth University ChapterAsthma Coalition of Los Angeles County logoCalifornia Pan-Ethnic Health Network logoCalifornia's American College of Emergency Physicians logoMedical Society of Sonoma County logoMendocino-Lake County Medical SocietyMI Air MI HealthSonoma County Medical Association logo

Partners for December

American Heart Association logo Montana Asthma Control Program logo Virginia Mason Memorial logo

If your health or medical organization is interested in collaborating with the Year of Air Pollution & Health, please send a message with appropriate contact information so we can follow up: [email protected].

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