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:

February: "Who Bears the Burden of Air Pollution?"

February: Who Bears the Burden of Air Pollution?

While everyone's health is at risk from breathing polluted air, some people are especially at risk of experiencing air pollution's harmful health impacts. These groups of people include:

people at risk from breathing polluted air

  • Children and teenagers
  • Pregnant women
  • Older adults
  • People with lung diseases such as asthma or COPD
  • People with a cardiovascular disease or diabetes
  • People who have lower incomes
  • Some communities of color
  • People who work or exercise outdoors
  • People who live or work near busy highways
  • Additional groups are at greater risk from the health impacts of climate change, including people with disabilities, who face additional challenges from extreme weather events.

There are steps you can take to help safeguard your health from air pollution. Here is a list of 10 Tips to protect yourself from unhealthy air.

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

Everyone deserves to breathe healthy air that won't make them sick. Please take a moment to fill out our quick survey and let us know why healthy air is important to you. If you breathe air, we want to hear from you!

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February Events

February 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET – Virtual Screening of the short documentary, Asthma Alley, and panel discussion with the filmmaker and health experts.




Films and Videos


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

Allergy & Asthma Network logoAlliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments logoAmerican Public Health Association logoAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America logoHealth Care Without Harm logoMedical Society Consortium on Climate and Health logoPhysicians 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 SocietySonoma County Medical Association logo

Partners for January

American Heart Association logoTennessee Department of Health 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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