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.

January: "Why Does Healthy Air Matter to You?"

January: Why Does Healthy Air Matter to You?

Every day, everywhere, every single person breathes air. Yet not everyone has access to clean, healthy air. In fact, more than four in 10 Americans live where air pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe. Air pollution takes a toll on the health and the lives of real people.

This month we want to focus on why air pollution and healthy air is important to people like you.

  • Photo of Laura K.
    Laura K. A mom of three children with asthma who relocated her family so they could avoid pollution that triggered their asthma attacks. Laura knows not everyone has that option, and wants to reduce the burden of air pollution for everyone.

    Read her story

  • Photo of Melissa H.
    Melissa H. Her family suffered terrible air quality from wildfire smoke for nearly 6 weeks. The smoke filled her children's school, so she raised money for air purifiers and filters. Melissa knows climate change will increase the risk of wildfires and wants climate and clean air solutions so all kids can breathe healthy air.

    Read her story

  • Photo of Dan D.
    Dan D. Dan lived with COPD for years before receiving a double lung transplant—and he knows all too well that polluted air can make the simple act of breathing very difficult. Dan fights for healthy air every day so that others can breathe easier.

    Read his story

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Take Action: Tell us why healthy air matters to you

This month, we are focusing on why healthy air is important to people like you. Please take a moment to fill out our quick survey. Every voice matters: If you breathe air, we want to hear from you!

Take our survey

Events in January

  • Webinar on the Latest Science on Air Pollution, Climate, and Health
    Join us on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT to hear from the authors of recent reports on air pollution, climate change, and health, and learn what the research means for the air we breathe. Email [email protected] for more information and to register.
  • Tweet Storm
    Stay tuned for more information about a Tweet Storm we are holding on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. The official hashtag will be #HealthyAirForAll.


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 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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