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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  • Robert W., WA

    I grew up in a small town called Diamond Bar in California. As anyone who has lived there can tell you, the smog...Read more

  • Lucille M. D., TX

    I am a 71-year-old female that has never smoked, worked in factories and have no history of bronchitis, pneumonia or...Read more

  • Norma M., CA

    I am 80 years old and have been using a lung nebulizer four times a day for several years. Why? Because as a stupid...Read more

  • Sumon S., MS

    My father passed away from COPD as a result of an infection acquired during surgery performed in Kolkata, India where...Read more

  • Tom M., IA

    I am a 61-year-old double lung transplant survivor. I received my new lungs on June 27, 2009, from the University of...Read more

  • Rita M., KY

    I grew up in eastern Kentucky and was often ill from allergies and breathing problems growing up. We lived a few 100...Read more

  • Lynn H., CA

    I was in my early 40's, hale & hearty, playing tennis and jogging 3-5 days each week while living in the Northeast....Read more

  • David K., NH

    I have pulmonary hypertension and leg edema. I cannot work and have a hard time having fun. I also look a little funny...Read more

  • J K., PA

    I'm 55 years old, and I remember how polluted it used to be. When I was a kid, Lake Erie was dead. The river near our...Read more

  • Sheila W., WI

    I live with three asthmatics that experience frequent flare-ups.

    Simply breathing is often a challenge, which...Read more

  • James s., OH

    I live in Marion, Ohio, and there is a galvanizing plant approximately 150 yards from where I live. Every day this...Read more

  • Tony M., MA

    I live along the MBTA commuter rail corridor. When I take the Orange Line subway to work at either Stony Brook or...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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