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CALL TO ACTION:

 Do you know that air pollution can trigger asthma attacks?

Do you have a child with asthma and  worry about sending him or her outside on a poor air quality day?

That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – New England Chapter has joined the Massachusetts Healthy Air Campaign in its fight to reduce air pollution.

For the health of your family, speak up now to defend the Clean Air Act!

It’s simple: Contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to sign on to legislation in support of clean air to breathe. Tell your story: why is this law important to you and your family?

Contact AAFA New England to find out how you can help. (Call 781-444-7778 or send an e-mail to: aafane@aafane.org.)

The Clean Air Act, a 40-year-old bipartisan law that protects your family against air pollution, is under attack in Congress. Poor air quality is a common asthma trigger. New England states have some of the highest asthma rates in the country, and need federal agencies to help limit our exposure to smog from polluters. Ask your Senator to fight for healthy air, to prevent school and work absences, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and lower health care costs due to asthma.

See www.senate.gov for how to reach your Senators, and see below.

Here are more details about the Clean Air Act:

The Clean Air Act is the best tool we have to protect all New England residents – especially our children and elderly – from dangerous air pollution.  The Clean Air Act protects public health by reducing levels of smog, soot, and other air toxins and it gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the power to clean up the air.

We need the Clean Air Act because air pollution doesn’t respect state borders. Pollution comes into New England from other states, especially those with coal-fired power plants. The Clean Air Act and national air quality standards help protect our families from air pollution imported from other states.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY AIR

The two most widespread air pollutants, smog and particle pollution, can lead to serious health effects. In 2010 the Clean Air Act prevented 160,000 premature deaths; 1.7 million asthma attacks; 54,000 cases of chronic bronchitis; and 41,000 respiratory and 45,000 cardiovascular hospital admissions. Clean air standards not only save Americans’ lives, they also save Americans’ money. Last year, stronger standards amounted to $1.3 trillion in costs savings.

–    In the American Lung Association’s 2011 State of the Air report, every Massachusetts County with an air monitor received a “D” or “F” grade for the high number of unhealthy air days.

–    Children with asthma are particularly vulnerable to breathing unhealthy air. In fact, asthma is a leading cause of school absences and emergency room visits for kids in Massachusetts.

–    The public covers the cost for over 60% of preventable hospital visits caused by diseases made worse by air pollution. If we want to reduce health care costs, we need to clean up our air.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP DEFEND THE CLEAN AIR ACT
Contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to sign on to legislation in support of clean air to breathe. Tell your story: why is this law important to you and your family?

Click here for information about contacting your senators:
http://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_contact_senators.htm

AAFA New England supports The Massachusetts Healthy Air Campaign, a group of statewide and local health care and public health organizations concerned about air quality and the recent attempts to weaken the Clean Air Act in Congress.

Share your story.  If you have asthma or another health condition that puts you at particular risk from the dangers of air pollution, please share your story by contacting us at the number below.

Recruit your friends. The more people we have fighting for healthy air, the more effective we will be. Together we will speak with one voice to insist that Congress protect and defend the Clean Air Act.


To learn more or get involved, please contact:

AAFA New England: 781-444-7778 or  aafane@aafane.org