Why is the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest involved in Clean Fuels?
In 2006, over 34 million Americans had been diagnosed with asthma. Out of those people, 12.4 million (54%) suffered an attack in 2006. More than 4 million of the attacks involved children under the age of 18. In a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), the Midwest region accounted for nearly 25% of all asthma attacks. Only the southern region of the U.S. accounted for a larger percentage (36%).
What do fuels have to do with Lung disease?
Asthma is a serious chronic lung condition characterized by episodes or attacks of inflammation and a narrowing of the small airways in response to triggers. An environmental trigger will contribute to asthma and lead to an asthma attack. Air pollutants are asthma triggers. Some air pollutants are known or suspected carcinogens.
Motorized Vehicles are the #1 single largest source of air pollution.
The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest encourages Americans to proactively identify and reduce exposure to harmful air pollutants. These include emissions of particulate matter, ground-level ozone, air toxics as well as pollutants from fossil fuels that are associated with global climate change.
Then, what are my options?
First, everyone should understand that their choices can make a difference. Drive less. Drive Smarter. Drive Cleaner. Lessen your exposure.
Cleaner Fuel + Cleaner Car + Cleaner Driving Choices = Clean Air Choice
Clean Air Choice™: Our Clean Air Choice program began in 1999 when we worked to educate Minnesota consumers about low-sulfur/low-benzene Blue Planet gasoline. At that time, Blue Planet fuel specifications were six years ahead of federal standards. Now the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest has identified different consumer options as Clean Air Choices based on their lifecycle environmental impacts. Please use these links to view the Clean Air Choice recommendations available to millions of us today.