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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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  • Krysten G., IL

    A lot of people take breathing for granted. It's easy for most, but for those of us with asthma, it is not. It's a...Read more

  • Harry B., PA

    I have been an asthma suffer all my life needing inhalers and antihistamines. I will turn 61 this year.

    I...Read more

  • Theresa B., PA

    I have a daughter with asthma, and she needs to take four kinds of medicines just to breathe properly. Every day, she...Read more

  • Adam Z., IL

    I’ve had respiratory issues my whole life. Growing up, I’ve always played sports and been very active. I...Read more

  • Aren K., IL

    A little over a year ago my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. While he still battles the disease today, he is...Read more

  • Philip A., GA

    It was a clear day when I picked up my two sons following their elementary school day. The weather was very mild, the...Read more

  • Susan T., NJ

    My next door neighbor began burning wood for heat in a wood stove. Our homes are close together, and our property, cars...Read more

  • Elizabeth S., OH

    I'm fighting for air because I have asthma and lung disease. I think it is unfair for anyone to breathe in smoke and...Read more

  • Meghan F., IL

    I was diagnosed with asthma at a very young age. It’s something I’ve always known I had, but for a long...Read more

  • Erin M., TN

    I am 13 and I have asthma so, just the littlest things can cause me to become sick and not able to breathe.

    If...Read more

  • Cindy B., CT

    I live in Tolland, Connecticut and got asthma three years ago from mold in my workplace. Most of Connecticut has now...Read more

  • Wendell A., MN

    I have to literally fight to breathe every day. I am a severe asthmatic that is steroid dependent. When there is...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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