Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Why Every School Should Have a Stock Inhaler: One Nurse’s Experience

Repost from American Journal of Public Health

“I saved a student’s life but lost my job!” Elaine, a contract nurse employed by the Baltimore Health Department in Maryland and working in the Baltimore City public schools, lost her job when she treated a student’s severe asthma attack with another student’s inhaler. It does not have to be this way. A small but growing number of states have adopted stock inhaler laws that allow schools to maintain a single albuterol inhaler for emergency use and indemnify school personnel who use it in good faith.

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AAC Board Chair Speaks at Maricopa County Air Quality's Winter Campaign News Conference

Dr. Ted Carter, Chair of the AAC Board of Directors was a speaker at the recent Maricopa County Air Quality Winter Campaign News Conference, as part of the Department’s Burn Cleaner Burn Better yearly winter smoke campaign. A pediatric lung specialist, Dr. Carter spoke on the important topic of lung health and air quality and especially how smoke affects our health. 

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Air Pollution, Evolution, and the Fate of Billions of Humans

Repost from

It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped our DNA over millions of years.

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American Lung Association Launches New Resource Tools

The American Lung Association has just announced new content and resource tools available on their website relating to diagnosing, treating and managing severe asthma. Visit and click on Learn About Asthma

Focused Review: Health Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction

Air pollution is a grave risk to human health that affects nearly everyone in the world and nearly every organ in the body. Fortunately, it is largely a preventable risk. Reducing pollution at its source can have a rapid and substantial impact on health. Within a few weeks, respiratory and irritation symptoms, such as shortness of breath, cough, phlegm, and sore throat, disappear; school absenteeism, clinic visits, hospitalizations, premature births, cardiovascular illness and death, and all-cause mortality decrease significantly. The interventions are cost-effective. Reducing factors causing air pollution and climate change have strong cobenefits. Although regions with high air pollution have the greatest potential for health benefits, health improvements continue to be associated with pollution decreases even below international standards. The large response to and short time needed for benefits of these interventions emphasize the urgency of improving global air quality and the importance of increasing efforts to reduce pollution at local levels.

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Follow Our New Facebook Page

Arizona Asthma Coalition is now on Facebook! Head over to Facebook and like AAC to keep up to date on asthma, allergy and organizational updates in between our monthly newsletters. 

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Join the Arizona Asthma Coalition

As a nonprofit partnership since 1996, AAC has worked together with concerned stakeholders including public health, environmental quality, managed care, education, individual physicians and nurses, hospitals, foundations, families and other colleagues. Become a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition or renew your membership and help us continue this important work.

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