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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.

How Does Climate Change Affect Asthma?

How Does Climate Change Affect Asthma?


April 16, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

Climate change is a major threat to the health of people with asthma. Learn more about how climate change makes asthma worse.

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…

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

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Interview with Sacoby Wilson, Director of Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 9, 2018
This is an exclusive Moms Clean Air Force interview with Sacoby Wilson, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH), Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental HealthSchool of Public Health: Can you please define environmental justice? The Environmental Justice movement seeks to address the way in...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Cars and Trucks, Children's Health, EPA, Fracking, Latino Community, Maryland, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice

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...

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