Breathe in the Smog, Drink in the Lead


Read it FOR kids.  

Someone is threatening the health of children all across the United States! And nothing is safe: not the food kids eat, the toys they play with, the schools they learn in, the water they drink—not even the very air they breathe! Will we let kids breathe in the smog and drink in the lead? Or will we stand up for science instead? 

Breathe in the Smog, Drink in the Lead: A Grim Scary Tale for People Who Care about Kids is a wake-up call from the Union of Concerned Scientists, for everyone invested in future generations to learn how the Trump administration’s choices are harming our children’s health. It’s based on our report Endangering Generationsan analysis of the effects of these choices on children.  

UCS knew we needed a new approach to break through the news cycle and draw attention to the harms facing our kidsBreathe in the Smog and Drink in the Leada storybook that is definitely not for childrenemploys dark humor to convey the all too serious risks to children’s safety and health. A video reading of the book and a resource guide for readers who wish to get involved are available at no charge at 


  • Paperback: 32 pages 
  • Publisher: Union of Concerned Scientists; 2020 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN: 978-0-578-62268-2 
  • 30% post-consumer recycled paper 
  • Union printed in the United States 


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