A new poll shows that U.S. Latinos are more susceptible to the health risks of air pollution, which could lead to a higher number of life insurance claims and deaths in the Latino community.
The poll, by the National Resources Defense Council, said nearly half of U.S. Latinos live in the nation's top 25 cities most populated by ground-level ozone. Half of the Hispanic population in Californian lives in counties that consistently violate air-quality standards.
"Latinos suffer from greater levels of asthma," Adrianna Quintero, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, recently told reporters. "And when faced with additional pollutants, these effects become more and more aggravated."
According to the report, poverty is a driving factor in the increased risk for Latinos. One in four Latinos live in poverty, and they are the least likely of any racial group to have health insurance, as 32 percent have none.
According to a survey by the LIFE Foundation and LIMRA, only 54 percent of Hispanics say they own life insurance. Even with low ownership, 70 percent of Hispanics said they believe owning life insurance is important.