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Asthma-related Chemicals

Master list of asthma-related chemicals

  Excel spreadsheet providing information on chemicals linked to asthma Download file (81.50 kB)

Asthmagens Fact Sheet

  This eight-page fact sheet is a helpful tool for companies looking to target the reduction of asthma-related chemicals. TURI examined asthma-related chemicals that are being used by Massachusetts industries that report chemical usage under the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) program. The five chemicals used in the greatest amount include styrene, sulfuric acid, ammonia, diisocyanates and nickel and nickel compounds. Asthma rates in Massachusetts communities are among the highest in the nation, causing a substantial societal burden of human suffering, lost capacity and productivity as well as direct fiscal costs. Total hospitalization costs due to asthma in Massachusetts increased 78 percent, from $50 million in 2000 to $89 million in 2006. Download PDF file (579.14 kB)