2013 Report Card on California's Air Quality To Be Released

         2013 Report Card on California's Air Quality To Be Released

PR Newswire

Apr. 22

14^th annual American Lung Association State of the Air report shows
tremendous progress for state, though difficult challenges remain

Register now for an embargoed, pre-release press conference call on Tuesday,
April 23 – Report to be released on Wednesday, April 24

                                     The American Lung Association in
                                     California discusses its 2013 State of
                                     the Air report during an embargoed
                                     teleconference on Tuesday, April 23 at
                                     11:00 am PT. The discussion includes a
                                     national air quality "report card" that
                                     assigns letter grades to counties and
                                     municipalities across the country for
                                     number of days of unhealthy air. The
                                     State of the Air report ranks cities and
                                     counties most affected by the most
WHAT:                widespread types of air pollution
                                     (ozone—or smog and particle pollution)
                                     and details trends for metropolitan areas
                                     over the pastdecade. This teleconference
                                     specifically will discuss the grades for
                                     California as well as additional
                                     information on the air quality trends in
                                     each region of the state based on
                                     fourteen years of data collection for the
                                     State of the Air report. The full report
                                     will be released to the public on
                                     Wednesday, April 24.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:00
                                     a.m.(PT)
WHO:                Jane Warner, President andCEO, American
                                     Lung Association in California
                                     Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President,
                                     National Policy and Advocacy, American
                                     Lung Association
                                     Bonnie Holmes-Gen, Senior Director,
                                     Policy and Advocacy, American Lung
                                     Association in California
                                     Larry Greene, Executive Director/Air
                                     Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento
                                     Metropolitan Air Quality Management
                                     District
                                     David Tom Cooke, MD, Assistant Professor,
                                     Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery,
                                     Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
                                     University of California, Davis Medical
                                     Center and Governing Board Member for the
                                     American Lung Association in California
                                     Jaxin Woodward, young athlete living with
                                     asthma and Youth Ambassador for the
                                     American Lung Association in California
                                     Embargoed teleconference. Registration is
                                     required. Accredited journalists only are
WHERE:                  invited to obtain access information by
                                     contacting Maria Bernabe of the American
                                     Lung Association in California at
                                     maria.bernabe@lung.org.
                                     Air pollution is a serious health threat
                                     to all Californians, with approximately
                                     90 percent of us living in areas with
                                     unhealthy air. Air pollution is known to
                                     cause and exacerbate lung diseases such
WHY:               as asthma and chronic obstructive
                                     pulmonary disease, and can even cause
                                     early death. California has made
                                     tremendous strides in improving the air
                                     we breathe, but much still needs to be
                                     done.
EMBARGO LIFTS:                     Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 12:00
                                     a.m.(PT)

The full report, regional fact sheets, comparison maps, trend charts in air
pollution by metropolitan area and other media materials will be made
available at www.lung.org/california on April 24 at 12:00 a.m. (PT) Interested
media also may schedule interviews with local experts by contacting us
directly.

Contact: Maria Bernabe, maria.bernabe@lung.org, 310-735-9184

/PRNewswire -- April 22, 2013/

SOURCE American Lung Association in California

Website: http://www.lungusa.org/california
 
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