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Letter: Air-quality app

Spring is here and with people spending more time outdoors, it is important to remember that with higher temperatures often comes increased levels of air pollution. Pollution in the air is hazardous to all who come in contact and even more so for those with lung disease, including children with asthma.

Despite continued improvements in air quality, unhealthy levels of air pollution still exist in communities across the country. According to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2012 report, more than 127.2 million people live in U.S. counties with dangerous levels of ozone or particle pollution, the two most widespread air pollutants.

The Lung Association’s free State of the Air app for both Android and iPhone users enables users to enter their zip code or use the geo-locator function to get current air quality conditions and the next-day air quality forecast. The app tracks levels of both ozone and particle pollution, and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange — unhealthy for sensitive groups — or worse. Visit Lung.org/stateoftheairapp for your free download.

JEFF SEYLER, president & CEO

American Lung Association of the Northeast

Springfield

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