State of the Air Shared Stories

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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  • 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

  • Yvette B., IA

    Asthma used to be labeled as a disease only of a certain race. Now today, working in health care and "growing into...Read more

  • Erica S., FL

    Since I have moved to Florida, I have found out that I am very sensitive to air pollution from factories and cars. I...Read more

  • Mike M., MT

    Growing up in the late 60's as an asthmatic was difficult at best. Medication to control and prevent asthma attacks...Read more

  • Diane A., MT

    I was diagnosed with asthma at age 50. I never smoked and did my best to avoid secondhand smoke. I maintain a healthy...Read more

  • Mary M., MT

    I have been short-winded all my life but have not had any serious asthma attacks unless my skin allergies and odor...Read more

  • Barb D., WA

    I live in Seattle. For an area that rains a lot of the time, Seattle smells. When I walk out of my home in the morning,...Read more

  • Jamie B., OK

    I have battled acute asthma since I was 5 years old. I am now 47. I am thankful I am alive, as I have been brought back...Read more

  • Steve S., PA

    I spend a lot of time outdoors, because I bike and walk almost everywhere I go.Bad air quality affects me directly. I...Read more

  • Debbie G., PA

    As a dedicated respiratory therapist for 28 years, I have experienced firsthand the disastrous impact poor air quality...Read more

  • Therese S., MI

    I’ve been fighting for the environment and clean air since I was 10 years old, when the very first Earth Day was...Read more

  • Dave D., MT

    I’m lucky enough to live in Montana, big sky country. Yet even here, we suffer from clean air issues. The...Read more

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Did You Know?

  1. More than 5 out of 10 people live where the air they breathe earned an F in State of the Air 2016.
  2. Nearly 166 million people live in counties that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution in State of the Air 2016.
  3. Nearly 20 million people live in counties that got an F for all three air pollution measures in State of the Air 2016.
  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 which 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 45 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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