The official blog of the Lung Institute.
This Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day, and we are reminded that a healthier planet means healthier people. Every year, we are reminded that both air pollution and climate change have a direct impact on our health, especially our lungs. Not only must we face how air pollution affects our health, but how do we personally affect the air’s quality? Here are 20 things that may change the way you think of the Earth:
- By definition, air pollution is the presence of or introduction into the air of a substance that has harmful or poisonous effects.
- An average American breathes two gallons of air per minute.
- Inhaling air pollution takes away approximately one to two years of a human’s life.
- Pollutants that are released into the air, as opposed to land or water, are the most harmful.
- Air pollution is not a recent occurrence. In 1952, the Great Smog of London killed 8,000 people.
- Air pollution, and the resulting deaths, is increasing the fastest in Asia.
- 70 percent of the air pollution in China’s cities is due to tailpipes.
- 5,000 premature deaths in Southern California are caused by pollution from diesel trucks.
- The average driver spends more than 50 cents per mile including vehicle ownership and maintenance.
- The best ways to reduce air pollution are by walking and riding a bicycle instead of driving.
- Workers who switch to carpooling save over $1,000 every year.
- The typical worker who switches to carpooling avoids driving an average of 5,000 miles per year.
- The average American household uses almost 3 gallons of fuel per day—enough to fill 21 standard bathtubs a year.
- The Clean Air Act will prevent 230,000 deaths and save two trillion dollars annually by 2020.
- Minorities and lower income groups are affected more by air pollution.
- More than 131.8 million people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.
- Poor indoor air quality in schools is linked to decreased concentration and poor test results.
- Studies estimate that thousands of elderly people die prematurely each year from exposure to fine particles.
- Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them.
- 60 hazardous products are typically used and stored in the average household.
Learn how you can make a difference by joining us at our Air Quality Awareness event on April 29th, 2015 at Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa. We will be sharing more startling facts about the environment and explaining how the air can impact your lung health. For individuals suffering from a chronic lung disease, learn how you can breathe easier by calling (800) 729-3065 or contacting us online.