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Public Health Issues

Respiratory Health

Air pollution can make it harder for people with asthma and other respiratory (breathing) diseases to breathe.

Asthma

Find out how you can protect yourself if you’re living with asthma.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Learn about COPD, a group of diseases that can make it hard to breathe.

Heart Disease and Stroke

Air pollution can be harmful to heart health and may make it more likely that some people will have a heart attack or stroke. Learn the facts about air pollution and how you can keep your heart healthy.

Children’s Respiratory Health

Children and teens may be more sensitive than adults to the health effects caused by air pollution — especially children with asthma. Learn how air quality can affect how much outdoor activity is safe for children.

Global Environmental Health—Clean & Safe Stoves

Cooking and heating indoors with solid fuels (like wood or charcoal) can make the air unsafe to breathe. Learn how CDC is working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to help people around the world learn how to cook safely.

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