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Parents' Group Says Thousands Of Asthma Attacks In Kids Might Be Connected To Oil/Gas Production

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A child uses an inhaler to battle an asthma attack.

Children in Ohio suffered about 30,000 asthma attacks this summer, according to environmental researchers. And advocates are using the study to call for changes to oil and gas regulations.

A group called the Clean Air Task Force says smog causes asthma attacks in thousands of kids. Suzanne Fortuna is the mother of a 10-year-old son with asthma. She's also a nurse who helps children with the disorder daily. “I can give kids medication all the time but we’re sending them back out to the environment where they’re living or outside breathing air that we have created that’s more dangerous,” Fortuna said.

Fortuna and other environmental advocates say the oil and gas industry needs to reduce carbon emissions. But other groups say more regulations aren't a silver bullet and there are other factors at play, such as mold.

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