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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  • Marla T., TX

    We moved here to Fort Worth, TX eight years ago; it was hard due to the humidity. Last month my 16-year-oldson Cody and...Read more

  • Anna B., VA

    I had seven COPD attacks last year as a result of the leaf and trash burning allowed within town limits of Victoria,...Read more

  • Kevin H., OH

    After I had undergone three surgeries at just three-years-old to try to help my breathing issues, I was diagnosed with...Read more

  • Tom L., NJ

    Just had to share my story as a reminder to why clean air is so important. I do not smoke and have few...Read more

  • Julie F., PA

    When I was a little girl, asthma was almost unheard of. Today, it seems that almost all of my friends have at least one...Read more

  • Lucas R., CA

    I suffer from asthma. Over the 15 years that I have lived within a mile from the Santa MonicaAirport it has become much...Read more

  • Barb S., UT

    Having been an asthmatic most of my life (I’m now 83-years-old), including experiencing regular bronchitis...Read more

  • Lydia R., CA

    The last time I ever saw my beautiful 15-year-old daughter Steph was when she left for school five and a half years...Read more

  • Susan O., OH

    I am 55 years old and have four children, three grandchildren, and a husband to whom I have been married almost 34...Read more

  • Amy K., OH

    I have asthma and cannot go outside when the air is dirty.

    Right now, temperatures in Dayton are in the high...Read more

  • Bob K., OH

    “Today, we have a high ozone alert. People who have breathing difficulties should stay indoors. People who are...Read more

  • Jennifer F., OH

    My mother died from pulmonary fibrosis. It is a particularly miserable disease that is almost always caused by...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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