Air Pollution and Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory infection that makes breathing more difficult but narrowing the airways and causing inflammation

What are some types of air pollution?

-Ozone: Found in smog in big cities

-Particle Pollution: Found in smoke, dust, and haze

When either are in the air, people with asthma have increased symptoms, and people without asthma can develop symptoms.


In all of the above pollution types, steps can be taken to prevent them and help our environment be cleaner and healthier. Some of these steps are:

- Advocating for cleaner air, even just starting in your own town

- Don't smoke, and avoid people smoking

- Carpool

- Use alternate transportation like walking or biking

- If possible, avoid as many factory-made products

- Recycle plastics to reduce amount of factory needed products


"WHO estimates that 235 million people currently suffer from asthma. Asthma is the most common noncommunicable disease among children" Air pollution can make it harder to breathe. It can also cause other symptoms, like coughing, wheezing, chest discomfort, and a burning feeling in the lungs.

Work Cited

"Asthma Triggers: Outdoor Air Pollution." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 04 Apr. 2012. Web. 06 Apr. 2015. <>.

"Asthma." WHO. World Health Organization, Nov. 2013. Web. 10 Apr. 2015. <>.

Bastasch, Michael. "Obama: Global Warming Gave My Daughter Asthma." Daily Caller, 08 Apr. 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2015. <>.

"Http://" Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution, EPA-452-F-04-002 (n.d.): n. pag. US Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 04 Apr. 2015.

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