We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air, and click here to share your own.

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As a respiratory therapist with 24 years of experience in the hospital setting, I have provided treatment to adults and children experiencing various respiratory conditions that are worsened by poor air quality. Read more at
I have had asthma since I was a child. My father smoked constantly before we knew the effects of cigarette smoke. He didn't believe it hurt me and said it was all in my head. Read more at
Meet Sammy, a soon-to-be eleven-year-old asthmatic youngster who is told that he must leave his home, travel unaccompanied to an asthma facility in a new country with a different language and not have contact with his family and friends for the next two years. This memoir is based on a chapter in my life when I left my country of origin to seek treatment in the USA, not speaking a word of English and leaving my family behind for two years. Read more at
I am a 56-year-old man and have a condition called pulmonary hypertension, which means blood doesn’t flow properly between my heart and my lungs. I also have COPD. Read more at
Asthma doesn't run in our family, so how come all three of our grandchildren suffer from asthma? Read more at
I have a liver disease and am sensitive to toxins in the air, especially those generated by a local paper mill. When the air is foul, I don't feel well. Read more at
Several years ago I was diagnosed with borderline asthma. Recently my doctor told me that I was also being monitored for COPD. Clean air has always been important to me. I am the only member in my immediate family that has never smoked, and I still have lung issues. Read more at
I have developed allergies that cause sinus congestion and migraine headaches. I seem to be allergic to being outdoors for very short periods of time, both in our Ft. Myers winter home and in our home in Canada, which is 20 miles away from any city or manufacturing facilities that would produce chemical pollution. Being outdoors this summer for even a half hour per day has caused me to have sinus infections, which triggers very painful migraine headaches that keep me from living a normal life with decent sleep Read more at
I have COPD and I can tell how much worse the air in Lafayette has become in the last five years. I do not know how often it is actually checked by DEQ, but with the increase in commercial property, housing subdivisions and traffic, the air is much worse. Read more at
I want to fight for air, because the air is my property. I need it to live. Read more at
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FACT: Eighteen of the 25 cities most polluted by ozone, including Los Angeles, had their lowest smog levels since the first State of the Air report was published in 2000.

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