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Air Quality

Overview

For all the children and adults diagnosed with asthma, it is really essential to understand that air quality is an important factor that might be an asthma trigger.

 

In recent years, scientists have shown that air pollution from cars, factories and power plants is a major cause of asthma attacks. And more than 131 million Americans -- over 40 percent of the nation's population -- live in areas with bad air. Roughly 30 percent of childhood asthma is due to environmental exposures, costing the nation $2 billion per year. Studies also suggest that air pollution may contribute to the development of asthma in previously healthy people.

 

 

 

If you suffer from asthma, ask your doctor to design a plan to control and prevent asthma attacks. Limiting your exposure to air pollution can be an important part of that plan. In addition, Respira Sano is managing the School Flag Program; this is a program designed to help children, parents, schools personnel and the community to be aware of daily air quality conditions. 

Be aware of the air you breathe

 

SOURCE: "Asthma and Air Pollution." Natural Resources Defense Council. N.p., 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Sept. 2015. <http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/fasthma.asp>.