Ozone rule will protect children

The Almanac

By Dr. Edward Ketyer

As a pediatrician, I see children on a daily basis suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments. The Environmental Protection Agency’s new ozone rules can help these children breathe easier – but they have to be implemented in a timely and effective manner. Some in Congress and industry seek to stop these rules, leaving children and their families breathing seriously unhealthy air.

High levels of ozone in the air can lead to decreased lung function, coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure to ozone pollution can permanently scar children’s lungs. Children are particularly vulnerable to ozone pollution because they spend more time outdoors than adults, breathe more rapidly and inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight...

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