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Utah air quality and its negative effects

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According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 3.7 million people die per year because of the effects of air pollution. Pollution causes heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, worsens the conditions of asthma, and makes adverse birth outcomes more prevalent.

Although asthma cannot be prevented since it is genetic, having good air quality is vital for those with severe asthma. Those who have asthma (such as myself) have a much harder time breathing during Utah inversions and times of poor air quality.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is known as COPD. Like asthma, COPD is a genetic disease that is enhanced with air pollution.

Along with air pollution, Utah is among the top ten states in the nation for having the most chemicals released. This includes chemicals being emitted to the water, air, or placed in a land disposal.

According to Med.Stanford, a serious effect of poor air quality is that it can produce birth defects. If women are exposed to air pollution right before, or during the first month of their pregnancy, it can cause several birth defects. These including a cleft lip, neural tube defects, and an abnormal heart.

KSL.com says, Utah is one of five states where 1% of lung cancer is caused due to air pollution. This shows that the poor air quality doesn’t just make people cough, or have a harder time breathing. That it causes cancer for its residents.

In a social media conducted survey, out of 113 Hillcrest students, 93 said they have or know someone who has asthma.

A simple way to improve air quality is to carpool, and use the public transportation that is provided for us such as the UTA Trax System.

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