Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The American Lung Association’s 2012 State of the Air Report shows great progress but important work left to do on air quality; and

Whereas Air pollution is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, aggravated asthma and other respiratory illnesses, increased hospitalizations, and premature death; and

Whereas Air pollution particularly affects our most vulnerable residents: seniors, children and those with compromised health; and

Whereas Air pollution can exacerbate asthma, affecting the 120,000 children in the Commonwealth who suffer with this debilitating disease, and making it a leading cause of school absences; and

Whereas Healthy air will protect public health, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 25th, 2012  to be

Healthy Air Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts