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Breath Takes: Fall/Winter 1998

Summer, 1999
Vol. 6, No. 1

This is a portion of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County's 1998 Breath Takes. ?If you would like to receive a complete copy, please call the American Lung Association at
or (800) LUNG-USA.

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Message from the CEO

Enrique Chiock

"Environmental Justice" is a phrase you will hear a lot about this next year. An estimated 70 million Americans, including 10 million children, live within four miles of a toxic waste site. The majority of these Americans live in poor communities. Environmental justice works to protect these communities from the ravages of pollution.

For example, in East Los Angeles, some schools are located near factories that emit toxic byproducts into the air and ground, putting children and their developing lungs at risk. The freeways cut through mostly poor neighborhoods, thereby exposing poor people to greater concentrations of car and diesel exhaust. These neighborhoods also have more days that exceed federal clean air standards.

We see greater incidence of lung disease, especially asthma, in minorities. Since the lungs constantly interact with the environment, what's in that environment, whether it be toxic fumes or carbon dioxide, has a great impact on a person's health. It's because of these public health matters that ALAIAC is concerned with environmental justice issues. In the coming year, we will continue to work closely with groups like the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation and Madres of East Los Angeles to explore solutions to environmental justice issues. Working together, we can make all of Los Angeles a safer place to breathe.

(Updated 10/05/99)

When You Can't Breathe, Nothing Else Matters ?
The mission of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County
is to prevent and eliminate lung disease
and to improve the quality of life and health of those with lung disease.
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? 1999 American Lung Association of Los Angeles County

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