To the editor, Did you know one in 10 children have asthma? May is Asthma Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the leading chronic condition in U.S. children under 18. Those living with asthma need to take extra precautions to prevent attacks. Secondhand smoke from cigarettes can trigger life-threatening asthma attacks.
As someone with friends who have asthma, I have seen how they struggle. They are not able to be around people who smoke .... People with asthma have a difficult time dealing with secondhand smoke produced from tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars and vape pens. Anyone who battles with asthma knows to stay away from smoke, because if they want to be healthy, it is the most important thing to do.
In my FACT group we hang posters in our school hallways and make videos to share with our peers. This month, to bring awareness to asthma, we will hang posters about how people with asthma can protect themselves and handle being around smokers.
As a member of FACT, a youth-driven movement of Wisconsin teens spreading the truth about tobacco, I hope to educate our community about the importance of protecting those with asthma and preventing tobacco use. To learn more, visit FACTmovement.org