Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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July 18, 2014
- Traffic-related air pollution is highest near major roads. In 2010, 5.0% of Hispanics, 5.4% of Asians/Pacific Islanders, and 5.1% of foreign-born persons lived within 150 meters of a major highway (vs. 3.7% of the overall US population).
- Exposure to traffic-related air pollution leads to asthma attacks and may lead to onset of childhood asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and cardiovascular disease and death.
- Improved access to alternative transportation, financial incentives to reduce traffic, diesel retrofitting, and other measures could help reduce exposure to traffic emissions.
May 6, 2011
- Nearly 1 in 12 people have asthma, and U.S. asthma rates are increasing every year.
- Asthma cost the United States $56 billion in medical costs, lost school and work days, and early deaths in 2007.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services recommends home-based interventions that target a wide variety of asthma triggers for children with asthma.
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- Page last reviewed: October 11, 2016
- Page last updated: October 11, 2016
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