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5 key points on US air pollution levels

Air Pollution US "in 1966, this was apparently an acceptable way to drive through Los Angeles", Nathan Masters. Photo by courtesy of the Photo Collection – Los Angeles Public Library.

The American Lung Association articles which were recently published, reports a new finding centered on the “state of the air.” They announced that this upcoming summer is primed to exacerbate the effects of air pollution globally. Here are 5 key facts and figures U.S citizens should keep in mind:

1. 147.6 million, about 50% of U.S. residents, live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution.

2. Los Angeles still has the worst Air Quality Index in the country however, high levels of air pollution are still a huge problem for all metropolitan areas such as: New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago.

3. Research links air pollution from Transportation, specifically traffic to acute and chronic health issues.

4. Children, pregnant women, adults over 65 and people with health conditions (i.e. asthma or heart disease) are the most vulnerable to the acute effects of airborne pollutants. However, the average commuter or person who exercises outdoors frequently are still susceptible to such pollutants in different situations. This includes but is not limited to driving work in medium to high traffic conditions each day, or just the merely walking through urban centers.

5. The bottom line, it’s all about exposure. Minimizing your exposure decreases the onset of diseases, in turn reducing economical related burden of health care ($56 billion a year in US for lung diseases patients as: Asthma, COPD, etc.).

At BreezoMeter we aim to minimize your exposure. There are many ways to circumvent air pollution while living your life, whether you’re trying to plan your running route or route for work, look for clean places to play with your kids and get real time, location based, accurate information about air quality, and personalized solution on how to minimize your exposure.

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