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Clean Air Month -- May 1994

Since 1972, the American Lung Association (ALA) has sponsored Clean Air Week each May to educate the public about the relation between clean air and respiratory health. This year Clean Air Week has been expanded to Clean Air Month; its theme, "Clean Air Is Up To You!" emphasizes the role of each person in promoting clean air.

Through local Clean Air Month activities, ALA will emphasize approaches -- such as driving less, conserving energy, keeping indoor air clean, and supporting clean air regulations -- to reduce air pollution. Local ALA chapters will sponsor environmental health fairs, school presentations, and other community events. Approximately 50 communities in the United States also will participate in the Clean Air Challenge, a pledge-based event to raise funds for local clean air programs and other efforts aimed at preventing lung disease. In addition, many local ALA offices will implement Clean Commute Day(s) to encourage motorists to try alternative forms of transportation (e.g., carpools, mass transit, or bicycles). This issue of MMWR includes a report that provides estimates of the number of persons potentially exposed to particulate air pollution.

Additional information about Clean Air Month and related activities is available from local ALA offices (telephone {800} 586-4872) or from the national office (1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-4374; telephone {212} 315-8700).

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