Air pollution and asthma: new e-book gives practical tips and ways to take action
By Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Despite the enormous progress resulting from the Clean Air Act, the air is still filled with pollutants that result in the occurrence of asthma in almost 26 million Americas. Asthma is a chronic lung disease—the most common chronic disease effecting children today. It is a growing epidemic, already threatening the health of approximately 7 million children worldwide. The National Resource Defense Council estimates that 30% of all childhood asthma cases are due to triggers in the environment. Symptoms of asthma attacks include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath and asthma attacks can impose severe limits on mobility and activities and can result in permanent lung damage and even death. Asthma is triggered by air pollutants both inside and outside of the home.
Moms Clean Air Force is a group of over 132,000 moms and dads who work with the Environmental Defense Fund to regulate air pollution and protect their children from harmful toxins. The group advocates for regulations that will limit the amount of chemicals in the air; methane, ozone, and benzene are among the many known carcinogens that are released into the air from everyday activity.
In addition, there are several things we can do to limit pollutants inside our homes. Bloggers for the Moms Clean Air Force created an ebook for parents detailing parent-friendly ways to minimize the risk of asthma attacks. Suggestions include:
- cleaning toys and play areas
- washing stuffed animals regularly
- thoroughly washing household pets
- getting rid of pests and mold in a safe manner
- using cleaning products without toxic ingredients (click here for a list of EPA’s Design for the Environment list of safe products)
— Cari Katz