IAQ1102:††††††† Impact of Traffic Related Pollutants on Asthma Status of Students in an Urban School District

Speaker:†††††††††† Ken Sharkey

Email:†††††††††††††† ken.sharkey@cincinnati-oh.gov


The overall objective of this investigation was to determine the effect of air quality on asthma symptoms and pulmonary function of children exposed to traffic-related particles while attending school.† A community anti-idling education program was developed and implemented, which included the students, parents, teachers, and bus drivers.† This session highlights the importance of community outreach and its impact on a programís success.† After this session, you will have the understanding of how to assess the need for and how to implement an anti-idling program in your area to help improve air quality.




This is an investigative report of community concerns of childhood exposure to traffic related particles that may exacerbate asthma in school children.† The levels of these pollutants were measured at schools and the surrounding community. In our studies, we monitored traffic related particles before and after the initiation of an anti idling campaign. We involved the bus drivers, students, faculty and parents at the selected schools in the anti idling campaign.†


This presentation will include the data on childrenís level of exposure to traffic related particles, both in the communities they live and at the schools. The presenters will also discuss the data on traffic related particles after the anti idling campaign intervention, followed by an evaluation of the program impact on pediatric health.† The anti idling campaign included educational programs where the AQ impact on childrenís asthma was measured with a pre and post test in addition to asking parents and bus drivers to make a pledge to reduce idling of their vehicles.† We also tailored an educational curriculum by subject matter and by grade level for the Cincinnati Public Schools.† Asthmatic children attending the participating schools, and their families, were identified and invited to participate in a health assessment including a study questionnaire, spirometry, exhaled nitric oxide, and collection of exhaled breath condensate.