Clean Air

Air pollution is a danger to lung health, particularly for children, the elderly, people who work or spend time outdoors, and people with heart or lung disease. Individuals can minimize their exposure and contributions to air pollution, but the greatest opportunity for clean air progress is through local, state and national policy change.

Pollution from diesel engine exhaust is making the air unhealthy for Illinois residents to breathe. A report by the Respiratory Health Association earlier this year, found that exhaust from diesel engines will lead to more than 5,000 asthma attacks, nearly 200 heart attacks, and 416 premature deaths across the state in 2023 alone. A new, separate report from RHA and our partners found that over 70% of Illinoisans live in area with air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Respiratory Health Association has been dedicated to community lung health since 1906, offering programs and services for patients, caregivers and medical professionals that address our community’s lung health needs. Learn how to improve air quality as well as how you can be part of RHA’s efforts to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research and policy change.


Illinois Air Quality Conditions