Lung Association Previews State of the Air 2009 Report in April 28 Press Conference Call

New Standards Provide New Insight into New York's Toxic Air

ALBANY, NY (04/21/2009)(readMedia)-- --

WHAT: Virtual press conference call on Tuesday, April 28, previewing the findings from the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report, which will be released on April 29, 2009 at 3 a.m. ET. Please note the report is embargoed until that time.

WHO: Press conference call speakers:

- Deborah Carioto, President, American Lung Association in New York

- Neil Schachter, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Community Medicine and Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Department of the Mount Sinai Medical Center

- Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President, National Policy, and Advocacy, American Lung Association

- Michael Seilback, Vice President, Public Policy & Communications, American Lung Association in New York

Local families from across New York State who are affected by asthma, lung disease and poor air quality are available to be interviewed after the call.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 11 a.m. To help ensure the conference begins in a timely manner, please dial in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Dial (877) 718-5099, the pass code is: 1955046.

WHY: Now in its tenth year, State of the Air 2009 is the American Lung Association's annual report card on air quality, ranking cities most affected by three types of pollution: short-term particle pollution, year-round particle pollution and ozone pollution.

AGENDA: Speakers will introduce the report, share top-level findings and national trends, and discuss the health effects of ozone and particle pollution for New Yorkers. Questions will be answered at the conclusion of the call.

CONTACT:Contact Brian Marchetti at or at (518) 465-2013 x 322, or Amy Henes at or at (212) 889-3370 x 24 to request press materials in advance of the call (including the embargoed press release and the report).

Editor's Note - An interactive map showing air quality findings by county will be available at starting on April 29.