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:

October: "Empowering the Next Generation"

November: Promoting Lung Health by Reducing Pollution

This month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health, the focus is on the risks posed to our lung health by air pollution – especially for Americans with lung disease – and the opportunities to improve lung health by improving air quality.

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month and National COPD Awareness month. Reducing air pollution is crucial to protecting people with lung diseases like lung cancer and COPD, who are more vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution. Particle pollution can even cause lung cancer.

Events in November

November 13: Release of the 2nd Annual "State of Lung Cancer" Report
The report from the American Lung Association examines key lung cancer indicators throughout each state in the U.S.: incidence, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment and screening rates.

November 13: Release of the annual "Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change" report
The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement. Stay tuned for more information!

November 18 – 22: Ask the Expert Series for COPD Awareness Month
This November's COPD Awareness Month features an Ask the Expert series on the Lung Association's Living with COPD online support community. From November 18-22, Dr. MeiLan Han and lung cancer survivor, Kathy Leiser will discuss the link between COPD and lung cancer. Questions? Contact Carly Ornstein.

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

Take Action: Do you or a loved one have lung disease? Tell us why healthy air matters to you. Your story makes a difference by putting a human face on the impacts of air pollution for policymakers and the public. Every voice matters: If you breathe air, we want to hear from you!

Learn More: Resources for this Month

From the American Lung Association

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 November

Climate for Health logo Montana Asthma Control Program logo Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP)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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