Two aspects of air quality have been linked to childhood asthma, second hand smoke and pollution from traffic.

Road Traffic Pollution as Serious as Passive Smoke in the Developme...

New research conducted in 10 European cities has estimated that 14% of chronic childhood asthma is due to exposure to traffic pollution near busy roads. The results are comparable to the burden associated with passive smoking: the World Health Organization estimates that between 4% and 18% of asthma cases in children are linked to passive smoking. [emphasis mine]

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