Any form of pollution impacts our health adversely and causes various diseases. A new study has now found out that stopping two particular types of air pollution could help in saving thousands of lives in the United States every year.
The researchers from the American Thoracis Society (ATS) also said that comparatively reduced airborne levels of ozone and fine particles can also help in preventing various serious illnesses. The reduction in the fine particles can also assist in reduced number of missed days at school and work.
The ATS has recommended a lower level of particles in the air than the standards that are currently approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Providing numbers, the ATS said that with an eight-hour ozone standard of 0.060 parts per million, around 9,320 lives can be saved every year in the US. The society also said that a fine particle annual standard 11 micrograms per cubic meter would also go a long way in saving lives.
The researchers also added that stricter regulations concerning air pollution could reduce deadly diseases like heart conditions. The study also stated that stricter regulations could lessen hospital admissions and emergency room visits by almost 21,400 every year. The group also said that reduced pollution can also cut 19.3 million days that people in the United States take as sick days due to breathing problems.
Commenting on the findings, lead author of the study Kevin Cromar, in a press release stated, “While there is information available about counties in the United States that exceed EPA air pollution standards, there has not been a similar source of information about how that air pollution actually affects the health of people living in those areas.”
The findings of the study were published in the online issue of the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.