Organizations push for tough air quality standards

Dec 21, 2010

Air pollution can be carmful to one's health

Most people don't think about the quality of the air they breathe. There are a number of regulations in place that help keep pollution levels low. However, some say the current laws aren't strong enough.

Nearly 70 organizations have voiced their concerns over smog standards to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Polluters, on the other hand, don't want to have the regulations in place.

American Public Health Association executive director Georges Benjamin says tougher regulations will help save lives.

"People with asthma, seniors, outdoor workers and especially children are at greatest risk," says Benjamin. "A stronger standard will help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are more adequately protected."

The Environmental Protection Agency says exposure to ozone can make it difficult for people to breathe and can aggravate asthma symptoms. Furthermore, they note some research indicates ozone may be problematic for those with lung diseases.

Having life insurance can be a good idea for those who are frequently exposed to unsafe conditions. People can reduce the effects of ozone on their health by limiting the amount of time they are outdoors performing strenuous activities.

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