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2017 "State of the Air" report shows California air quality suffered from wildfires

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The American Lung Association says 125-million people live in areas of the country with unhealthy levels of air pollution.

The sky above Bakersfield, California may look beautiful but the polluted air sends it and another West Coast city, Los Angeles, to the top of the list of unhealthiest places to breathe in the United States according to the latest "State of the Air" report from the American Lung Association.

"This is our 18th annual report, so we've seen a lot of improvements. But we're also seeing some trends that are scary," says Janice Nolen with the American Lung Association.

Some cities, mostly in California, Utah and Nevada are seeing spikes in particle pollution from wildfires, factories, and vehicles.

Pollutants can cause severe asthma attacks, particularly in vulnerable children, and that's not all.

"Particle pollution is especially risky for cardiovascular harm, like heart disease, stroke." Nolen Explains. "It also is greatly risky for people with diabetes and it causes lung cancer."

On the other side of the country progress is being reported.

Cities with the cleanest air are nearly all on the East Coast, including Burlington, Vermont and Naples, Florida.

The only one out West, Honolulu, Hawaii.

To find out where your city ranks at visit lung.org.

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