The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is forecasting that the air may be unhealthy for sensitive groups in many parts of Connecticut on Tuesday. This includes much of Fairfield County, including nearby Stratford and Bridgeport. \u201cThis air warning marks the official kick-off to ozone season here in Connecticut,\u201d according to Jeff Seyler, CEO of American Lung Association of the Northeast. \u201cWith this news thousands of people across the region with asthma and other lung diseases will be forced to go indoors, limit their exercise, and make other restrictions to their daily routines,\u201d Seyler said. \u201cNo one should have to live this way. \u2018High ozone levels affect all of us\u2019 Ozone has been compared to getting a \u2018sunburn\u2019 on the lungs. It causes shortness of breath, inflammation of the lungs and airways, increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, and an increased need for medical treatment and hospital admission for people with lung and heart disease. \u201cMake no mistake, high ozone levels affect all of us,\u201d Seyler said. \u201cIt impacts our health and it drives up health costs for everyone.\u201d Wants tougher standards And Seyler said current EPA standards are far weaker than the scientific data supports, meaning people are not being alerted to all unhealthy air days. \u201cRecently the EPA\u2019s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirming that the current national air quality standard for ozone fails to protect public health as required by law and that it should be significantly strengthened to more adequately reflect current science,\u201d he said. Seyler said the Lung Association wants the EPA to heed the advice of these independent scientists by updating the federal ozone standard to 60 ppb in order to protect the public from dangerous and potentially deadly ozone pollution. \u2018We are being barraged by pollution\u2019 \u201cThe reality is, here in Connecticut we are under siege,\u201d he said. \u201cWe are being barraged by pollution from outside our borders. This pollution is arriving from the factories, power plants, trucks and cars in the Midwest and south of us. \u201cNew England, more than any other region, needs strong laws at the federal level to reduce the pollution that is rolling into our states without our consent or control,\u201d Seyler continued.