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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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  • Abigail S., FL

    My name is Abby, and I am a 31-year-old mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt. My first asthma attack was at age 13....Read more

  • Sam S., AK

    Meet Sammy, a soon-to-be eleven-year-old asthmatic youngster who is told that he must leave his home, travel...Read more

  • Travis K., IL

    I commute 22 miles to and from work every day on my bicycle along Lake Shore Drive. Not only is it great exercise, but...Read more

  • kathleen f., WI

    My reason for fighting for air is that my dad is in the final stages of emphysema and there are not many options left...Read more

  • Ruth B., AZ

    I have never smoked and have been living with a rare genetic form of asthma for the past 67 years. I take a very...Read more

  • Eric Z., OH

    I’ve lived with severe asthma my entire life. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital more times than I can...Read more

  • Yvette E., TX

    My sister and I grew up in Owensboro, KY—tobacco central. Our dad and his immediate family all died from lung...Read more

  • Dale C., LA

    The article below is from "Independent Reporter" News of Lafayette, and I am absolutely livid about it!! Lafayette is...Read more

  • Deborah S., UT

    My daughter is going to school in Utah, and we visit her there frequently. The air pollution in the Utah Valley is...Read more

  • Madalyn M., DC

    Every summer I have a body breakdown from air pollution. My eyes get very swollen; I have horrible fatigue; and I feel...Read more

  • Jennifer W., NY

    I live in Albany, NY and have...Read more

  • Glenna S., UT

    It is the beginning of a new year, and yet here in Utah we are also facing a fourth day of RED AIR. No one seems that...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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