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Reducing air pollution could save thousands of lives, researchers say

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Even though the air quality has improved considerably since the mid-1990s, a new study claims that the pollution still causes lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes that kill over 30,000 Americans a year.

The researchers examined the concentrations of fine particulate pollution in the country from 1999 until the end of 2015. The particles, which, according to the us environmental protection agency, are 30-times smaller than the width of a human hair is sourced from coal-fired power plants, automobiles, and other sources of information.

You know, when people breathe in the particles they can get stuck in small blood vessels in the lungs and can cause lung disease and, in the course of time. They may also be applied to the body, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, according to researchers in the field.

“In every county, and some people are dying too early at the current levels of air pollution, which is a further improvement of a real national priority,” Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London and senior author of the PLOS Medicine paper, said in a news release on Science Daily.

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The work of the scientists, turned out to be a decrease in life expectancy for both men and women. The decrease was greatest in areas where the poor people lived, and the lowest in high-income areas, according to UPI.

“The ubiquitous and involuntary nature of the exposure, and the general effects observed in sub-populations, as well as the public health importance of breathing clean air,” said Arden Pope, a professor of economics at Brigham Young University and the lead author of the Environmental Health Perspectives paper, in a press release.

The study, which was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, uses publicly available data from the 28 years of the National Health Interview Survey linked with the National Death Index to create a large cohort of 1.6 million U.S. adults.

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