Jeffrey Seyler, the president and CEO of the American Lung Association, recently posted an article on the Huffington Post regarding traffic pollution and lung problems. Pollution can cause or worsen asthma related symptoms, especially in adolescents. The EPA reports that approximately 50% of Americans live in constant threat from unhealthy air quality. In addition, around one third live in close proximity to major roadways filled with dangerous vehicle emissions. Currently the white house is proposing a solution that will regulate sulfur levels and vehicle emission standards thus forging a path to cleaner air. However, if the White House does not adopt the proposal within the month, it could delay for an entire year.
It’s a little hard to remember while we are currently in the late stages of a tough winter, but the smog season will soon be here. The air quality index will displace the wind chill index – and in many areas, people will be urged to stay indoors to flee the dirty air.