What's the State of YOUR Air?

For 23 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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Key Findings

More than 4 in 10 people live where pollution levels frequently make the air too dangerous to breathe.

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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Jill Hansen

My son has cystic fibrosis and there is currently no cure. His lung function will deteriorate throughout his life until it steals him from this world. We live in Montana and deal with forest fire smoke every year. We lock ourselves in a sweltering house with an air purifier just to survive the wo... 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 not exhale. Now try taking another breath, and another one. It is not easy, is it? This is a feeling some people with Chronic Obstructiv... 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. I moved in here in 2013, ten years after my first heart attack (occurring in 2003) in part because I wanted to breathe the fresh air I remembered from my childhood when we came up as a... READ MORE

About This Report

"State of the Air" has a 23-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.