Inhalers Go Green

Inhalers Go Green

Jen DeRose
Feb 5, 2009

With my boyfriend's asthma, we're always concerned about air quality--not realizing the treatment actually contributed to its worsening.

So we're excited about the new green inhaler law, though we've also heard they're 5 times more expensive and harder to use...

Turns out that inhalers of years passed emitted CFC's. Now, albuterol inhalers are propelled by hydrofluoroalkane (HFA), which doesn't contribute to the ozone's depletion.

(We're really can't believe the irony of the previous situation: asthmatics effectively contributing to poor air quality.)

They new inhalers supposedly cost 5 or 6 times more than the previous versions and are supposed to be a little bit different to use. He's picking up a new prescription tomorrow, so we're not sure how different it's going to be.

Anyone used one yet? What do you think?

photo: via stockxchang/dreyewater

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