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:

April: "State of the Air"

April: State of the Air

The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner and healthier. On Wednesday, April 24, the American Lung Association will release its 20th annual "State of the Air" report providing county grades and city rankings on air pollution levels across the country. Does your community's air make the grade? Stay tuned—we'll post the new report here on April 24!

Events in April

  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting its annual National Public Health Week from April 1-7. Learn more.
  • There will be a National Public Health Week Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. ET. Follow along with the official hashtag, #NPHWchat.

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

Right now, we need your help in a time-sensitive, critically important fight to maintain stringent pollution controls for coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to undermine limits on mercury and air toxics from power plants adopted in 2016 and already in place.

Thanks to strong limits on emissions, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have saved up to 11,000 lives every year. They have dramatically reduced emissions of mercury, carcinogens and toxic acid gases as well as particle pollution.

Please join thousands of health advocates in telling EPA to keep these lifesaving standards fully in place – do not undermine or weaken them.

Year At-A-Glance Calendar

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

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Official Year of Air Pollution & Health Partner Organizations

National Partners

Allergy & Asthma Network 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 logo

Regional/State/Local Partners

Asthma 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 April

Children's Environmental Health Network 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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