FOCUS ON: Asthma

Our children are suffering from an asthma epidemic. One in 10 US children has asthma, the most common chronic disease of childhood. Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, disturbed sleep, school absences, curtailed physical activity, and hospital visits.

While the development of asthma seems to have a genetic component, outside factors are what set off, or trigger, asthma attacks in people who have the disease. Some common air pollutants that trigger asthma include ozone, diesel exhaust, nitrogen dioxide, particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and formaldehyde. Many of these triggers derive from the combustion of fossil fuels – whether in power plants, cars, or elsewhere.

Nearly two-thirds of those suffering from asthma live in an area where at least one federal air-quality standard is not being met. Even air pollution levels within EPA’s safety standards worsen asthma in vulnerable children, causing more frequent asthma symptoms and lower lung function in some children, especially those in dense urban areas.

Climate change is a serious concern for the 26 million Americans, including 7 million children, who currently suffer from asthma. Warmer temperatures promote the production of harmful ground level ozone, a known asthma trigger. Climate change is expected to increase dangerous ozone levels in many areas. This air pollution in turn will worsen asthma symptoms and trigger asthma attacks.


How Climate Change Affects Asthma

How Climate Change Affects Asthma


September 12, 2016    Moms Clean Air Force

Climate change carries a heavy toll for asthma sufferers and their families. Our brochure, “How Climate Change Affects Asthma and What You Can Do About It,” outlines how climate change triggers more asthma attacks and and offers concrete tips about how we can address the problem. This first-of-its-kind resource, specifically…

Asthma Q & A

Asthma Q & A


November 14, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

Disclaimer: this is meant to be used as a reference only, not a medical guide. Please consult your physician for any serious medical questions.      

Why Smog Is Bad (Infographic)

Why Smog Is Bad (Infographic)


February 3, 2015    Anneka Wisker

Asthma Triggers

Asthma Triggers


November 13, 2013    Anneka Wisker

An asthma attack can occur when someone with asthma is exposed to things in the environment, such as diesel exhaust, smog, house dust mites, and tobacco smoke. These are called asthma triggers. Asthma triggers cause symptoms in people who already have the underlying disease. One person’s…

10 Tweetable Facts About Asthma

10 Tweetable Facts About Asthma


November 12, 2013    Anneka Wisker

Please SHARE these 10 TWEETS with your Twitter followers right now! Asthma accounts for an annual loss of more than 14 million school days per year >> Tweet this << The annual direct cost of asthma in the US is approximately $11.5 billion >> Tweet…

Ebook: Asthma Triggers

Ebook: Asthma Triggers


May 16, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

Asthma is a national epidemic. Nearly 26 million Americans live with asthma — including 7 million children! While we can control some of the asthma triggers in our homes, we can only protect ourselves from air pollution triggers by supporting strong regulations to clean our…

The Most Important Climate Speech Ever Given

The Most Important Climate Speech Ever Given


June 2, 2014    Moms Clean Air Force

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s remarks announcing the Clean Power Plan, as prepared, June 2, 2014:  About a month ago, I took a trip to the Cleveland Clinic. I met a lot of great people, but one stood out—even if he needed to stand on a chair…

Ebook: Asthma Goes To College

Ebook: Asthma Goes To College


September 5, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

There are roughly 22 million college students in the US. About 9% report being diagnosed with asthma. There’s a minefield of asthma triggers at college, but with planning and management you can breathe easier. Please read and share our visual guide. We hope it will…

Asthma & Outdoor Air Pollution In The Latino Community

Asthma & Outdoor Air Pollution In The Latino Community


April 15, 2014    Moms Clean Air Force

Asthma & Indoor Air Pollution In The Latino Community

Asthma & Indoor Air Pollution In The Latino Community


April 15, 2014    Moms Clean Air Force

How Climate Change Affects Asthma

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON September 12, 2016
Climate change carries a heavy toll for asthma sufferers and their families. Our brochure, “How Climate Change Affects Asthma and What You Can Do About It,” outlines how climate change triggers more asthma attacks and and offers concrete tips about how we can address the problem. This first-of-its-kind resource, specifically...

TOPICS: Asthma, Climate Change

DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

BY Diane MacEachern ON September 7, 2016
It used to be that kids would just wash their hands with soap and water at school. But now, they’re being asked to use hand sanitizer, and that’s a problem. Most hand sanitizing products contain synthetic fragrances and some contain a chemical called triclosan. Synthetic fragrances...

TOPICS: Allergies, Asthma, Children's Health, Toxics
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