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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  • Jaye S., CA

    I grew up and still live in Orange County, CA. I have asthma which has worsened with age and struggle with breathing...Read more

  • Sherra E., OK

    I am originally from Los Angeles and just couldn't stand the pollution there anymore, so I travelled for work for...Read more

  • Diane W., NC

    Our county received a failing grade. I'm not surprised by this. Practically everyone here either has a wood stove or...Read more

  • Maria P., NY

    Clean air means: Health! It will give me great joy to know that my family, community and city can enjoy the outdoors...Read more

  • Cindy C., OH

    The quality of the air means a great deal to me as I have been ill since age 7 with asthma. Over the years it has...Read more

  • Jelene T., GA

    Why would anyone want to take away the clean air we breathe? Our government runs an air monitoring system that records...Read more

  • Claudia F., AZ

    I have reactive airway asthma and the air quality, or lack of it, in Mesa, AZ has me on steroids many weeks of the...Read more

  • Cynthia S., OH

    I have severe COPD, which is my fault caused by 45 years of smoking. I have been told to quit, which I am working on. I...Read more

  • Dr. Ronda B., WI

    Every cell in our body uses oxygen for optimal function. When the air we breathe is contaminated, those contaminants...Read more

  • Sylvia B., MA

    I’ve been reading the stories posted by other parents who, like I am, are raising children with asthma. Many of...Read more

  • Lorraine M., MA

    As a nurse, I have seen first-hand the damage air pollution inflicts on my patients. Most children enjoy the arrival of...Read more

  • Amy S., UT

    When I was 29-years-old, I moved to the most polluted city I'd ever lived in— Salt Lake City, Utah. I could taste...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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