State of the Air

For 24 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make the air cleaner and healthier.

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What's the State of Your Air?

Key Findings

More than 1 in 3 Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Health Impact of Air Pollution

Ozone and particle pollution are the most widespread pollutants—and among the most dangerous. Learn more about how they affect the body, and which groups of people are most at risk.

Recommendations for Action

Find actions you can take to keep your family safe from unhealthy air, reduce pollution and support clean-up efforts.

Shared Stories

We all have a reason to champion clean air. People just like you have shared some personal stories that highlight the need for healthy, safe air. Read the stories they have shared or share your own.

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Nakita Garnes

Clean air to me is a right that was taken away from me as a child. My family all smoked around me and it made me sick. READ MORE

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Jimmy S

Imagine what it would feel like to take a breath when your lungs were already full of air. Try this. Take in a deep breath. Hold it in for three seconds and don’t exhale. Now try taking another breath, and another one. READ MORE

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Sandra Popp

I am a 71-year-old senior living on social security in government assisted rental apartment in Oscoda, Michigan. READ MORE

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Get the print version of the 2023 State of the Air report.


About This Report

"State of the Air" has a 24-year history and a time-tested methodology. Learn more about this annual national air quality "report card."


For The Media

Journalists can access press releases, experts available for interview, b-roll, the full "State of the Air" report and more.