Best & Worst Cities for Ozone Pollution

Best and Worst Cities For Ozone Pollution Infographic

This information has been reviewed and approved by Anthony Gerber, MD (July 2016).


Summary: Best and Worst Cities for Ozone Pollution

As the weather heats up this summer, ground-level ozone pollution increases. Learn where it hangs out the most and what you can do to breathe better.


When Air Pollution Is High, You May Notice

  • Coughing
  • Throat irritation
  • Discomfort, pain or burning when breathing deeply
  • Chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath


Conditions Affected by Ozone Pollution

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes


Protect Yourself from Ozone Pollution

  • Keep tabs on forecasts for high pollution days, so you can take precautions
  • Avoid exercising outdoors during high pollution days
  • Choose exercises that require less exertion if you will be outdoors
  • Thermostat — keep climate control setting on circulate mode to avoid introducing polluted air into your home
  • Develop an action plan with your doctor to manage disease flare-ups, including those associated with high pollution days


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