Climate Change Bill Gives Hope to Help Asthma, Other Ills

Public health advocates are hoping the Climate Action Plan will help reduce complications of illnesses like asthma, allergies, heart diseases, diabetes, and variety of other heart and respiratory conditions. It is suggested climate change has significantly effected air and water quality, which impacts the severity of conditions like asthma. Modern Healthcare reports:

When President Obama revealed his Climate Action Plan on Tuesday, public health advocates concerned with the impact of global warming on human health were paying close attention. They hope the president's plan will help reduce what they say are the changing climate's adverse effects on child and adult asthma, allergies and other respiratory diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and other air- and heat-related conditions, as well as water-borne and insect-borne diseases.

Following the president's climate change speech at Georgetown University, leaders of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America met with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and other national health leaders. AAFA President and CEO Bill McLin and board Chair Lynn Hanessian planned to stress the importance of environmental protection in protecting public health.

“Twenty-five million Americans, including over 7 million children, have asthma, and 50 million Americans have allergies,” McLin said in a release.

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