A new study from the American Lung Association (ALA) claims that air quality in many parts of the United States has improved. However, the agency's first State of the Air report revealed that unhealthy levels of air pollution still remain in parts of the country.
Over 127 million people, or about 41 percent of the nation, still inhale high levels of air pollution. In addition, over 5.7 million people, or 1.9 percent of the country, live in counties with unhealthy levels of all three types of measurable air pollutants, including ozone, short-term and year-round particulate pollution.
Air pollution cost the nation about $120 billion in healthcare costs due to electricity production, transportation and heating in 2005 - the latest year will complete data. Air pollution is a serious health threat, as Americans continue to learn about the impact of fine particulate matter and smog on their health, they may decide to take on a proactive approach at reducing their exposure.
A home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air can limit the presence of common air pollutants and help keep a family breathing safe, healthier air.