“Once met, the stronger ozone standard will prevent childhood asthma attacks, missed days of work and school, and premature deaths,”’said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association.
Breathing unhealthy levels of ozone pollution is linked to coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, central nervous system problems, heart problems and premature death. And children are most at risk because their lungs are still developing, according to the Lung Association.
The EPA’s new standard will better protect the public from these health impacts. Experts across the country, including the EPA’s independent scientific advisors, leading medical and health organizations, and more than 1,000 health and medical professionals supported strengthening the outdated standard.
The American public agrees: 73 percent of voters polled by the Lung Association support stricter limits on smog. To learn about the air quality in your region and how to protect your family’s health and to get involved, visit www.FightingForAir.org.
“We will continue to push toward a stronger standard that fully protects the health of Americans,” says Wimmer. (StatePoint)