Being Smarter About the Air You Breathe

Being Smarter About the Air You Breathe

For those with lung disease, the American Lung Association now has a tool so people can know about the danger of the air quality before they go outside.

The ALA created a new State of the Air smartphone app. It can be a life-saving resource for those living with a lung disease like asthma or COPD. The app is free and lets you enter in a zip code, or use the phone’s GPS location system, to find out the current air quality conditions and the conditions for the next day.

The app will also send out alerts if the air quality gets very severe and it can provide health recommendations, letting you know if a person with a lung disease should avoid or limit outdoor activities.

The air quality information is based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The app is available for free download on Apple’s iTunes or the Android Marketplace, or at

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