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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…

How Diesel Pollution Affects Your Health

How Diesel Pollution Affects Your Health


February 21, 2017    Moms Clean Air Force

Diesel exhaust is a type of pollution that comes from the combustion of diesel fuel in heavy duty machinery, trucks, buses, trains, ships, and some cars. Learn how diesel pollution affects your health in our new fact sheet, “How Diesel Pollution Affects Your Health and…

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

Peggy Shepard of “WE ACT” on Air Pollution, Asthma and Environmental Justice

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON May 10, 2017
The history of WE ACT for Justice goes back to 1988. Peggy Shepard was one of three neighborhood activists who recognized that West Harlem in New York City, was bearing the brunt of toxic pollution. The Environmental Justice movement was getting off the ground. Awareness was building...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Indoor Air Pollution, New York, Politics, Social Justice

2017 “State of the Air” Report Shows Why We Still Need the Clean Air Act

BY Diane MacEachern ON May 8, 2017
The Clean Air Act is coming under attack for being unnecessary and too costly to enforce. But the ‘State of the Air 2017’ report from the American Lung Association (ALA), shows that millions of people are still getting sick from breathing dirty air. “While most of the nation...

TOPICS: Allergies, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Ozone, Politics, Pollution

Moms Rally Against Attack on Clean Air Protections

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON March 29, 2017
On Tuesday, March 28, the day President Trump signed an executive order that attacked our children’s clean air safeguards, Moms Clean Air Force joined an emergency rally at Lafayette Square, in Washington, DC, near the White House. Parents, children and concerned citizens gathered to show support...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Asthma, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, EPA, Motherhood, Politics, Pollution, Washington DC

No EPA Funding = No Environmental Justice

BY Mark R. Burns ON March 27, 2017
Today, in the United States, race is still the most significant predictor of who suffers most from pollution. Communities of color – as well as Latino, Native American and low-income white communities – endure disproportionate exposure to air and water pollution, hazardous waste, and environmental contamination,...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, EPA, Latino Community, Politics, Social Justice
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