Recent State of the Air 2014 findings published by the American Lung Association showed that several counties locally did not fare well, while others showed improvement.
Pennsylvania County findings,
Franklin – B for high ozone days, do not test for particle pollution
Cumberland – do not test for high ozone days, F for particle pollution
Adams – C for high ozone days, C for particle pollution
Fulton – does not currently test for either
Washington County, Maryland – F for high ozone days, C for particle pollution
Who’s at risk from ozone and particle pollution levels?
Anyone who lives where particle pollution levels are high is at risk. Some people face higher risk, however. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
Infants, children and teens;
People over 65 years of age;
People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
People with heart disease or diabetes;
People who work or are active outdoors.
Diabetics face increased risk at least in part because of their higher risk for cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study examined prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in relation to fine particle pollution in 2004-2005. The evidence suggested that air pollution is a risk factor for diabetes.
Anyone who spends time outdoors where ozone pollution levels are high may be at risk. Five groups of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of breathing ozone:
children and teens;
anyone 65 and older;
people who work or exercise outdoors;
people with existing lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis);
people with cardiovascular disease.
The impact on your health can depend on many factors, however. For example, the risks would be greater if ozone levels are higher, if you are breathing faster because you’re working outdoors or if you spend more time outdoors.
1 in 4 children in the nation suffers from asthma, allergies, autism, and ADHD linked to air pollution as shared by the Moms Clean Air Force during their Mama Summit. This also highlights the need to detoxify the body and airways of toxins, pollutants, and irritants.
Click the link below to learn more about the air report by entering your zipcode for your community and learn about ozone and particle pollution.