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We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air.

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  • Sue M., MO

    I am Montana artist. I sell my work at shops, galleries and throughout the region, but much of my livelihood is from...Read more

  • Colleen B., MO

    In 2002, when there was actually a ring of fire around Missoula, I could hardly breathe,...Read more

  • Kat Q., MO

    When my partner and I decided to look for a new community where we could raise our daughters, the top priority on our...Read more

  • Janan T., FL

    I love to garden and enjoy planting exotic, colorful flowering shrubs in my yard here in Florida. As a transplanted...Read more

  • Carol M., FL

    Air quality is an issue that greatly concerns me.  I am especially concerned about the long-term effect of...Read more

  • Heather G., FL

    Since moving to Florida, we spend as much time outdoors as we can. From visiting the beach, paddleboarding to walking...Read more

  • Diane P., MA

    My second son was born with a complex congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome which means he is...Read more
  • Todd B., ME

    Hello, I live in a relatively rural area with a highway near by. They want to move a toll booth near my house, which is...Read more

  • Dianne E., CA

    I have chronic bronchitis and cannot go outside when our air quality is bad. We have several days per year that puts...Read more

  • Michael M.

    Our daughter had serious asthma episodes for 10 years that started when she was just eight-years-old. If you have ever...Read more

  • Laura K., NC

    Imagine how helpless you would feel if you had to watch your child struggle to stay afloat in the deep end of a...Read more

  • Dawn B., PA

    In early March of this year, Dawn, 43, received sobering news that her mother Barbara was diagnosed with lung cancer....Read more

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Did You Know?

  1. More than 4 out of 10 people live where the air they breathe earned an F in State of the Air 2017.
  2. More than 125 million people live in counties that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution in State of the Air 2017.
  3. More than 18 million people live in counties that got an F for all three air pollution measures in State of the Air 2017.
  4. Breathing ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad sunburn within the lungs.
  5. Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
  6. Particle pollution can also cause early death and heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for people with asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  7. Particles are smaller than 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. When you inhale them, they are small enough to get past the body's natural defenses.
  8. Ozone and particle pollution are both linked to increased risk of lower birth weight in newborns.
  9. Do you live near, or work on or near a busy highway? Pollution from the traffic may put you at greater risk of harm.
  10. People who work or exercise outside face increased risk from the effects of air pollution.
  11. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including infants, older adults and people with lung diseases like asthma.
  12. People of color and those earning lower incomes are often disproportionately affected by air pollution that put them at higher risk for illnesses.
  13. Air pollution is a serious health threat. It can trigger asthma attacks, harm lung development in children, and can even be deadly.
  14. You can protect your family by checking the air quality forecasts in your community and avoiding exercising or working outdoors when the unhealthy air is expected.
  15. Big polluters and some members of Congress are trying to change the Clean Air Act and dismantle 47 years of progress. The Lung Association is fighting to keep the law strong to continue to protect public health.
  16. Cutting air pollution through the Clean Air Act will prevent at least 230,000 deaths and save $2 trillion annually by 2020.
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