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Air Quality: The Best and Worst Cities in the U.S.


Despite improvements in curtailing harmful emissions from power plants, slightly more than half of Americans are being still exposed to unhealthy levels of smog and particle pollution (soot), according to the latest report -- State of the Air: 2006 -- from the American Lung Association.

The top U.S. metropolitan areas with the least amount of long-term soot in the air:

  1. Cheyenne, Wyo.
  2. Santa Fe/Espanola, N.M.
  3. Honolulu
  4. Great Falls, Mont.
  5. Tucson, Ariz.

On the down side, four of the "low five" metro areas suffering the most soot pollution in America are located in California: Los Angeles/Long Beach/Riverside (1), Bakersfield (2), Visalia/Porterville (4) and Fresno/Madera (5).

Continual exposure to soot and ozone pollution is certainly harmful by itself, and even more so when you throw in the plague of obesity, that's getting worse by the minute, into the mix.

To discover how clean or dirty the air in your county really is, check out this link on the American Lung Association's Web site. Tap on your state using the blue U.S. map to learn about the amount of particle and ozone pollution in your county as well as estimates about the number of residents with health conditions that put them at risk.

Some 50 million people suffer from allergies in the United States alone. If you are among them, you should seriously consider utilizing what is perhaps the most effective preventive against allergens in your home: a high-quality air purifier. However, be very careful. Most of the models out there, especially the popular ones, don't get the job done properly.

My team and I have analyzed this, and the one home air purifier I now recommend highly is the Way Healthier Air Purifier. I encourage you to read more about it, including why the technology it uses makes it so much more reliable and effective than other types of air purifiers.

American Lung Association April 27, 2006

WebMD April 27, 2006

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