Air Pollution Risk – Asthma

Asthma Relief – (2 minutes: 43 seconds)

  • “Should I be concerned about air pollution in my home? Yes. The EPA and the American Lung Association include the home when declaring the indoor environment a ‘high priority public health risk.’ In all likelihood this is where you get your greatest exposure to allergens and irritants….It is your personal responsibility to … install air filters.”  - Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • “Asthma has been on the rise since 1980. Between 1980 and 1996, cases nearly doubled from 3 percent to 5.5 percent of the population…. Asthma  has no known cause, although some theories link it to … air pollution.”  - Daniel Yee, Associated Press Writer, “U.S. Asthma Rates on the Rise, CDC Says”, February 26, 2004.
  • “Studies have shown that air pollution is related to the worsening of asthma symptoms. One study of young campers with moderate to severe asthma revealed they were 40 percent more likely to have acute asthma episodes on high pollution … days than on days with average pollution levels.” - Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Another recent study found that the number of daily hospital emergency room visits … increased significantly as the air pollution levels … increased.”  - Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • “In Atlanta [during the summer Olympics of 1996], when traffic was curtailed and twenty-four hour public transportation was made available, both pollutant levels and emergency room admissions for asthma dropped more than 30 percent.”  - M. S. Friedman, “Impact of Changes in Transportation and Commuting Behaviors During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta on Air Quality and Childhood Asthma”, Journal of the American Medical Association, 285 (2001): 897-905.