Health Series Infographic: Asthma and Pollution

We all know someone who has suffered from asthma. It is the most common chronic disease among children and it affects Oregonians of all ages. And while pollen and weather are facts of life, the latest science reveals that common household chemicals and air pollution are also part of the problem–a part we can do something about.

Learn more about pollution and asthma triggers in your home and in our air, and then take action.

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