Facts

Why?

  • Outdoor air pollution kills 4.2 million people a year (World Health Organization)

  • One out of every five people suffer from Asthma and Allergies (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)

  • Poor air quality is responsible for an estimated 60,000 premature deaths in the US each year (EPA)

  • Costs from air pollution-related illness are estimated at $150 billion per year (EPA)

  • The air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside (EPA)

  • 95% of the global population breathes unclean air (The Guardian)

  • Over 11 million visits to physician offices every year result with primary diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

  • 20 of the world's most polluted cities are in developing countries (WHO)

  • 7.5% of adults were diagnosed with hay fever, and 9.0% of children reported hay fever (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

  • If one parent has allergies, there is a 33% chance that their children will have an allergy. If both parents have allergies, there is a 70% chance that their children will have allergies (Asthma and Allergy Association of America)

  • Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside the home (EPA)

  • Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma, as well as cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue (American Lung Association)

  • The quality of indoor air in offices, schools, and other workplaces is important for worker’s comfort and health. Poor indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs (OSHA)

  • Indoor air pollution from solid fuel use was responsible for almost 2 million annual deaths and 2.7% of the global burden of disease (WHO)

  • Worldwide, allergic rhinitis affects between 10% and 30% of the population (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

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