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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…

How Air Pollution Harms Your Body

How Air Pollution Harms Your Body


July 1, 2017    Moms Clean Air Force

  Air pollution can cause serious health problems. Rarely, it can even kill people — and we’re not exaggerating. That’s why we care so much about the laws that protect us from air pollution. Read on to learn more about the specific parts of our…

Take Smoke Seriously: Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

Take Smoke Seriously: Wildfire Smoke and Your Health


November 8, 2017    Moms Clean Air Force

Children, the elderly, and people with heart disease, lung disease, and asthma are especially vulnerable to health problems caused by wildfire smoke.

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…

The State of Your Air 2018

BY Molly Rauch ON April 20, 2018
How does your city stack up when it comes to air pollution? The American Lung Association helps sort it out in their new report: State of the Air 2018. The results are troubling. More than 40% of Americans live in counties where the air is...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, California, Children's Health, Colorado, Florida, Fracking, Georgia, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Natural Gas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ozone, Pennsylvania, Pollution, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Montana Moms Testify in Wyoming in Support of America’s Clean Power Plan

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON April 10, 2018
In Gillette, Wyoming, Moms testified against repealing America’s Clean Power Plan. Gillette hosted the final EPA public hearing. America’s Clean Power Plan was first proposed under President Obama. At the time, the EPA conducted extensive public outreach and received more than 8 million comments in support...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Colorado, EPA, Heat and Extreme Weather, MCAF News, Montana, Politics, Pollution

When Fracking Poisons Her Community, A Mom’s Faith Guides Her to “Do the Right Thing”

BY Diane MacEachern ON April 6, 2018
When your kids head out to the school playground for recess, you expect them to jump rope, play tag, or swing on the swings. You don’t expect them to be exposed to harmful air pollution that puts their health and safety at risk. But that’s what’s...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Cancer, Children's Health, Fracking, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Religion, Schools, Toxics

Moms Defend Their Right to Clean Air

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 6, 2018
This article is written by Angeles Zaragoza, Member, Moms Clean Air Force and Maria Guzman, Community Health Educator, Pacoima Beautiful. It’s reposted from Impacting Our Future, an independent supplement by Mediaplanet to the Los Angeles Times Some days the air we breathe is so poor, our...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Asthma, California, Cars and Trucks, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Latino Community
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