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The Air in Pittsburgh: Poor for People with COPD

6 Jun 2016
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Air in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a bad climate for COPD. The air is among the most polluted in the United States. Combined with harsh winters, the air quality presents a challenge for those with COPD trying to breathe easily. The Air in Pittsburgh: Poor for People with COPD.


Pittsburgh's Move Toward Cleaner Air

Pittsburgh’s Move Toward Cleaner Air

The first air quality laws were passed in Pittsburgh shortly after World War II when citizens began raising awareness about the problem. People generally embraced the need for cleaner air, and were even willing to pay more money for more efficient, environment-friendly heaters to achieve higher air quality.

It was after the Donora Smog Disaster of 1948 that the Division of Air Pollution Control was established to study air quality and protect citizens. The Donora Smog Disaster occurred when factory pollution over Donora, PA, reached such concentration that, within a 24-hour period, nineteen people died and about five hundred got sick when a black cloud of smog formed over the city, blotting out the sun for days.


What is the Cost

What is the Cost of Lung Disease to Pittsburgh Residents?

Pittsburgh, historically called the “Gateway to the West,” has played an important role in U.S. history, from the French and Indian and Revolutionary War, to becoming the industrial hub of America. But what has been the cost of this contribution to our country’s economy? A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that respiratory disease in coal mining areas is more prevalent than in areas that do not pose the same occupational hazards. Pennsylvania is currently the fourth largest coal producing state in the country.


Lung Disease Threat Widespread in Pittsburgh

The threat of lung disease is not only a concern for those who hold industrial jobs. Industrial pollution has created a cloud of unease over the region. Pittsburgh has the highest levels of air pollution in the U.S., except for California.

Pittsburgh residents have seen family members pass away from diseases they believe were caused by pollution, and now they are calling for change. According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, air pollution has raised local death rates by 44% above the national average for pollution-related diseases, with residents demanding that the state take action to reduce the amount of pollution in the air.

Lifelong resident Rex Cole, Jr. is quoted in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette:

“What you did was, you went to high school, then got a job at U.S. Steel… Sometimes the smell is so thick you can taste it. But most people are more worried about putting food on the table than the long-term effects of lung or heart diseases.”

Mr. Cole is heading up efforts to attract alternative energy industries to the Metro-Pittsburgh area in hopes to eliminate these health issues.

“We already found that switching all traditional power plants to solar power plants could reduce air pollution by 90 percent,” says Cole.


Treatment Options

Lung Disease Treatment Options

Many lung disease sufferers take daily medications and use supplemental oxygen to get through the day. Others face more serious options such as a lung reduction or transplant. There is, however, an alternative option. The Lung Institute specializes in treating those with debilitating lung diseases using minimally invasive stem cell therapy. Many patients see positive results after their first treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.


  1. Lung Institute

    1 month ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. The risks with our stem cell therapy are minimal. We use a patient’s own stem cells and reinsert them back into the body without any type of manipulation. The only risk would be there are no guarantees the treatment works for everyone. More than 85 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life after three months of treatment.

    Please take a look at some of our patient testimonials and our white paper to learn more about our treatments and successes.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. ray

    1 month ago

    can someone please tell me what the potentional risks with stem cell therapy is?? im currently being tested for copd which im almost convinced i have but i have other medical conditions which may or may not interfere with such treatments mainly being epilepsy

    fact is i had asthma as a kid and i was anywhere from 1-3 packs of cigarettes a day between 1989 and 2014 ive put other toxins in my lungs to (that was along time ago) but im doing all the reaserch i cna to figure out opetions when i get notified as to whats happening or nopt i just wnat to be ahead of the gfame i have a 10 year old sonw hom i am the sole provider for so i really need to get on the ball thanks one and all

  3. Matt

    12 months ago

    Hello Shahrokh,

    Thank you for your post. If you are interested to see if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way our staff can learn more about your situation and give you the best advice possible. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. Shahrokh

    12 months ago

    I would be extremely grateful if you see whether I am eligible to undergo Stem Cell Therapy for healing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that my doctor has diagnosed I am suffering from.


  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Daniel,

    At the Lung Institute, we do not do research on specific types of conditions. We treat patients after the patients have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease that we treat. However, you may be able to find more information about your condition by visiting the National Institutes of Health website as well as discussing it with your doctor. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Daniel White

    2 years ago

    Bleomycin – Induced Lung Injury from Hodgkin’s disease chemotherapy. Has the Lung Institute done any analysis of the levels of this injury with therapy for relief of cough and mucus development?

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