SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A group of physicians says now is the time for Utahns to reduce air pollution.
This is after two new research studies suggest major impacts to pregnant women and the elderly.
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment says two recent studies indicate air pollution can be a contributing factor to stillbirths and exposure can lead to early death.
One of the studies suggests an extra one hundred Utah stillbirths are linked to Ozone exposure.
Ozone peaks in our summer months and the Department of Environmental Quality says it’s just as dangerous as inhaling dirty air during the winter inversion.
The other study focuses on year-round pollution levels and how they can lead to a higher number of deaths.
“In the last couple of years, and again last week, studies have revealed in fact that air pollution exposure, when it does create mortality victims, it actually shortens the victims lives by 10 or 11 years. The typical victim of air pollution is an elderly person often times with more medical problems.”
The physicians say these studies on top of others in the past should serve as a call to action to lawmakers and communities to work hard to reduce our air pollution year-round.
They also say you should do all you can limit your exposure to lung irritants like particulate matter and ozone whenever possible.