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When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the quality of the air in your home and work environment matters. After all, if you spend too much time in a high pollution area, you’ll likely see an increase in your symptoms, if not a full-blown COPD exacerbation. So, which cities are best when you have a lung-compromising condition?
According to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2017 report, there are many, and they exist in a number of different states. Here are a few to consider:
- Alabama – Dothan, Enterprise, Florence, Gadsden, Muscle Shoals, Ozark, Tuscaloosa
- Alaska – Fairbanks
- California – Salinas
- Colorado – Craig, Steamboat Springs
- Florida – Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Lake City, Melbourne, Naples, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sebring, Titusville
- Georgia – Brunswick, Hinesville, Rome, Savannah, Statesboro, Summerville
- Hawaii – Urban Honolulu
- Idaho – Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Rexburg
- Iowa – Sioux City
- Illinois – Canton, Decatur, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Peoria, Springfield
- Indiana – Auburn, Fort Wayne, Huntington, Terre Haute
- Iowa – Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Iowa City, Waterloo, West Des Moines
- Louisiana – Bastrop, Monroe, Ruston
- Minnesota – Austin, Fargo, Rochester, Wahpeton
- Mississippi – Brookhaven, Jackson, Vicksburg
- Missouri – Branson, Columbia, Jefferson City, Moberly, Mexico, Springfield
- Montana – Missoula
- Nebraska – Beatrice, Lincoln
- New York – Corning, Cortland, Elmira, Ithaca, Rome, Utica
- North Carolina – Greenville, Hickory, Lenoir, Morehead City, New Bern, Washington, Wilmington
- Pennsylvania – Lock Haven, Williamsport
- South Carolina – Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Newberry, North Charleston, Orangeburg
- South Dakota – Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish
- Texas – Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Raymondville
- Vermont – Burlington, South Burlington
- Virginia – Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Christiansburg, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro
- Washington – Bellingham
- Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Menomonie
Based on air quality alone, these are all good places to live and/or visit if you struggle with COPD. Some of the cities to avoid?
Many of the top ones based on factors related to ozone, year-round particle pollution, and short-term particle pollution are in the State of California. These include Bakersfield, Fresno, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas, to name a few.
If you want to see how your city’s air quality compares to other cities around the country the American Lung Association has developed an easy-to-use Compare Your Air web page to help.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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