Cleaner air leads to healthier lives

Dec 10, 2010

Breathing clean air helps keep people healthy

Breathing in clean air is important to one's health, just like eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise. While one's diet and fitness levels are something individuals can control, air quality is something the government needs to assist with.

September marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. The environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says the act has led to many great outcomes.

"For 40 years the Clean Air Act has protected our health and our environment, saving lives and sparking new innovations to make our economy cleaner and stronger," says Jackson. "The common sense application of the act has made it one of the most cost-effective things the American people have done for themselves in the last half century."

According to the EPA, from the first 20 years of the act more than 200,000 premature deaths and 21,000 heart disease diagnoses were prevented. The Clean Air Act has also helped reduce the depletion of the ozone layer, in turn reducing cases of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Such health findings show the act is helping clean the environment and improving people's quality of life. Avoiding health conditions, such as heart disease, can also help lower one's life insurance premiums.

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