It’s the first day of summer, and the air where I live in Maine is nice and clean, with low levels of particulates and ozone. But people living in other parts of the country aren’t so lucky. According to the American Lung Association, 41 percent of Americans live in areas where air pollution can make breathing not just more difficult but dangerous.
How can you know what the air quality is like where you live? Well, you might turn to your smartphone for the answer. The American Lung Association’s new State of the Air app (free for both iPhone and Android) not only gives you the air quality in your area for the next few days, it also lets you know if the levels of ozone or particulate pollution in your area are bad enough to put you or someone you know at risk. For example, the app warns that ozone levels between 101 and 150 are dangerous for people with lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes as well as the the elderly and children under 18… Read more