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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    Moms Clean Air Force

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…

Pollen, Climate Change, and Allergies

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 2, 2019
Our friends at Climate Central recently published a research brief outlining their new findings about allergy season:  Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies. Analysis of local temperature data by Climate Central and recent scientific research show that climate change is prolonging their season of...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Allergies, Asthma, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather, Ozone, Science

Montana’s Wildfire Smoke Affects Climate and Health

BY Jackie Semmens ON March 11, 2019
When the smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire cleared two years ago, a team of researchers from University of Montana began tracking the lung health of local residents. Until recently, there had been no research on the effects of wildfire smoke on the general population. The results of the...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Climate Change, Heart Health, Heat and Extreme Weather, Montana, Pollution
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