Asthma strikes 1 out of every 10 school children and is the number one illness that causes kids to miss school in the United States. Air pollution puts children at the greatest health risk because their lungs are still developing and because they are more likely to be active outdoors.
Learn more about asthma and ways to help manage symptoms.
Schoolteacher Coquille Houshouer speaks about the importance of clean air in protecting students from athsma and other health threats.
In the United States there is a 50% chance that your air is not safe to breathe - thanks to dangerous levels of air pollution like smog and soot.
Smog irritates our lungs, triggers asthma attacks, increases emergency room visits and can lead to irreversible lung damage or even death.
Soot pollution, meanwhile, is estimated to cause 9,700 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 heart attacks each year. Dangerous soot pollution is linked to heart or lung disease, irregular heartbeats, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and irritation of the airways.
Check out our air pollution map to see how dirty threatens health where you live.
Coal pollution leads to approximately 12,000 emergency room visits each year. Continuing to allow high levels of air pollution like soot and smog into our air could cost more than $100 billion per year in health costs.
There is a better way. Clean energy sources like wind and solar can protect our health and boost our economy. Think about it - no one ever had an asthma attack triggered by a solar panel.
Vehicles on our roadways are a major source of air pollution. According to the American Lung Association, busy highways are high risk zones for health. Breathing the air near busy highways not only worsens diseases, but it may increase the risk of developing chronic diseases.
A growing body of research finds that breathing the air near heavy traffic may cause new cases of asthma in children.
The Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to periodically review the evidence and set air quality standards that will protect people's health. Based on the unanimous recommendation of the members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, the EPA will likely set a new final smog standard in July 2011. Get the facts.
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