Ground-level ozone pollution comes from motor vehicles, power plants, industrial action, and other human activities. Smog from ozone pollution is particularly harmful to human health - it contributes to asthma attacks, heart disease, respiratory ailments, and more.
On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced stricter standards that would reduce the amount of ozone pollution in the air. In addition to protecting human health, tougher ozone standards will also help the economy by reducing healthcare costs and cutting the number of school and work days missed due to pollution-related symptoms.
The health impacts of air pollution can vary, and some populations - such as children, the elderly, people with lung disease, and those who are active or work outdoors - are particularly vulnerable to dangerous health issues from breathing ozone- and smog-polluted air.
While the EPA's action is progress, AAFA supports an even lower ozone standard that scientists agree would better protect our health. Everyone has the right to breathe clean, healthy air; reducing the amount of smog from ozone pollution in our environment is a great step toward that goal!
For more information on the EPA's proposed ozone standards, check the resources below: