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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  • Pat P., OH

    I have COPD and know the fear and anxiety of not being able to catch my breath. Air pollution worsens my condition, so...Read more

  • Cyndi A., VA

    Lydia, my heart aches and soars for two entirely different reasons. Knowing your story already, I shouldn't be affected...Read more

  • Pat W., FL

    My husband was born with asthma, and I know so many wonderful people that suffer daily with the effects of...Read more

  • Carol S., OH

    My asthmas started when I was six months old and first became sick with double pneumonia. From then on, my life has...Read more

  • Shuron A., AK

    As a respiratory therapist with 24 years of experience in the hospital setting, I have provided treatment to adults and...Read more

  • Cyndi A., VA

    I wrote a separate letter as a comment in support of Lydia R., so I now want to share a bit of my story as well. I grew...Read more

  • Michelle K., PA

    Some memories stay with you in life. For me, I’ll always remember getting ready for my senior prom and having...Read more

  • Matt B., PA

    The first time a doctor told me I had diminished lung capacity was during a routine physical back in 1996. At the time,...Read more

  • Robert T., CA

    I recently moved to Los Angeles and wanted to say the following: I do not need an air quality report to tell me that...Read more

  • gael t., MI

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  • David h., VA

    On October 22, 2010, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I have never smoked and was not influenced by asbestos, coal...Read more

  • Mary T., PA

    I have been living in the New Castle, PA area for 53 years. I am a nonsmoker but have severe allergies and breathing...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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