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36 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Majority of American children at risk from ozone air pollution A report published recently by the American Lung Association estimates that 48,824 children four years of age or younger, and 81,873 children ages five to 13 in Delaware are potentially at risk for developing breathing disorders such as asthma attacks, caused by ozone air pollution. Nationwide, 27.1 million children 13 years of age or younger are at risk. "Danger Zones: Ozone Air Pol- lution and Our Children", esti- mates that 53.9 percent of Ameri- can's children live in areas with unhealthful air but are not protect- ed by the current federal air quali- ty standards for ozone or smog. According to the American Lung Association, recent research sug- gests that the current federal stan- dard does not effectively protect the public's health. "Our study dramatically illus- trates a major health threat to America's children,' said John Goodill, M.D., chairperson of environmental health sub-com- mittee of Delaware. "Unfortu- nately, while the Lung Associa- tion continues to fight for strict clean air standards to protect Americans' health, Congress is attempting to weaken - or even destroy - those protections." Currently pending in Congress are bills that would dramatically alter the Clean Air Act, the land- mark law that guides this nation's campaign for cleaner air. One such bill would repeal the act entirely; others target specific sec- tions of the act, such as calling for relaxed deadlines for states to meet clean air goals. "Lung disease is the third lead- ing cause of death in America and can have a devastating effect on children," Goodill said. "Chil- dren's lungs are not just miniature versions of adult lungs. They are especially sensitive to infection and pollution. Their lungs are still growing, creating millions of air sacs throughout childhood. Early damage can have far-reaching consequences." Children are especially vulnera- ble to the effects of ozone air pol- lution because of a number of fac- tors, including their exposure to ozone and a variety of physiologi- cal factors. Ozone, the main com- ponent of smog, acts as a powerful respiratory irritant at the levels of frequently found in most of the nation's Urban areas during sum- mer months. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing. Overall, the annual health costs of outdoor pollution, including ozone, are estimated by the American Lung Association to be $50 billion. For further information about how the public can join in the fight for clean air, contact the American Lung Association of Delaware, at 1-800-LUNG-USA. morri00 998 Kings Highway. Lewes, Delaware. 64S-9431, A Full Service Family Shoe Store Featuring Easu St. Ch Ufe. Dexter- CobU.JUce Jwrog Jacks Cks SAS. L/tt/e Capez/o Sperry Trotte Keds Sebago Audft/ons LA. Gear. New Ba/ance Hurse/4ares Converse Etordc So/t Spot Cud,= Tremm . P.W. t4or X Deh .Drew Personal Fitting Prem:dptions Filled. Jack Mon C]Ped. OST Open Monday- Saturday- 9:30 a.m. . 5:30 p.m. l!l_ Farm. Famdy Serv the Members of the Delaware Farm Bureau Since 1954 LIFE INSURANCE DISABILITY INCOME PRODUCTS TO HELP FUND ESTATE PLANS Farm Family Life Insurance Company MICHAEL F. CERCHIO Call 1-800-992-3105 "For AII Your Insurance Needs" Clearly Incredible! That's how people are describing their vision after having Radial Keratotomy (RK) treat their nearsightedness and astigmatism. Clearer, more natural vision is only a telephone call away with RK, an outpatient surgical procedure that takes only minutes to perform and is virtually painless. Enjoy the vision you've always wanted through RK. Call us today for more infor- mation or to receive a FREE copy of our RK video. Call today. It just might change the way you see! ROBINSON & COOK EYE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES Comprehensive Quality Eye Care Specialists Two convenient locations. Lewes 302-645-2300 Call to attend one of our FREE seminars. Millsboro 302-934-4400