WASHINGTON — To kick off Asthma Awareness Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is commemorating World Asthma Day by bringing awareness to a growing nationwide problem, according to a press release
Asthma has consistently increased over the past decade with more than 4 million additional cases reported, including nearly 1 million additional cases reported in children, the release stated.
According to the release, the EPA is taking action to ensure cleaner air and a healthier environment for children and families dealing with asthma.
"All Americans should be able to breathe easy whether they’re at home, at work or on the playground," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
"Yet too many of our children and family members suffer from asthma, resulting in doctor and hospital visits, lost learning time, more sick days and higher health care costs. It''s our mission at EPA to protect the health of our communities by putting Clean Air Act safeguards in place to reduce levels of harmful pollutants in the air we all breathe," Jackson added.
As part of Asthma Awareness Month, the EPA has recommended the top five steps people can take to help prevent asthma attacks, including smoking outside, checking the air quality index (AQI) and controlling dust mites.
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