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27 April 2012 09:22
Those with asthma face unhealthy air in parts of the US
People with asthma visiting parts of the US face unhealthy air pollution, according to a report by the American Lung Association (ALA).
It says even though progress has been made, air quality standards are still outdated in many areas - a call which reminds people suffering from asthma to take out
pre-existing medical insurance before visiting affected areas.
The ALA's State Of The Air report gives Northampton County in Pennsylvania an ''F'' for its worsening short and long-term particle pollution. The findings also showed that the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metro area is among the nation's 35 most polluted cities for ozone and year-round particle pollution.
Deb Brown, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, said: ''State Of The Air shows that we're making steady progress in cutting dangerous pollution from the air as a result of clean-up efforts required under the Clean Air Act.'
"But millions of Americans across the country, including residents of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metro area, are still forced to breathe unhealthy levels of air pollution as a result of air quality standards that are outdated."
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