“Dressing up” as a kid with asthma does not require a costume for the nearly 7 million children in the United States that suffer from the disease. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood, and the third-leading cause of hospitalizations among children under the age of 15. One important asthma trigger to be aware of is air pollution — nearly two-thirds of those suffering from asthma live in an area where at least one federal air-quality standard is not being met. The single largest source of carbon pollution are power plants, which is why it’s so important that we stand behind EPA’s limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Let’s ensure that the closest our future generations will come to “a boy with chronic asthma” is through costume –because asthma is no treat!
Cartoon: Joe Mohr