Health Statistics: Air

Air Pollution:

  • #1 environmental cause of premature mortality
  • Contributes to:
    • Worldwide:
      • 7 Million premature deaths each year (1 out of every 8 deaths)
    • U.S.
      • 50,000 premature deaths each year

Smoking:

  • Prevalence:
    • Worldwide:
      • Total current world population: ~7 Billion
      • # Smokers: 1 Billion (or 1 in 7)
    • U.S.
      • Total current U.S. population: 320 Million
      • # Smokers: 42 Million (or 1 in 8)
  • Life Expectancy
    • Smokers live 10 years less (typically)
    • In the U.S., smoking contributes to 400,000 premature deaths each year

VOCS:

  • Indoors: levels are potentially 5x higher than outdoors

Carbon Monoxide:

  • Binds to hemoglobin 210 times more readily than oxygen

 

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