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Better air quality prevents deaths, improves lives

Posted On Thu, September 16, 2010

Air quality can greatly impact one's health over time. During the 40 years since the Clean Air Act was established, a number of benefits have been noted.

During the first 20 years of the Clean Air Act, 21,000 cases of heart disease, 843,000 asthma attacks, and 205,000 premature deaths were prevented. The Environmental Protection Agency says $186 billion in air quality and health benefits will be saved thanks to forthcoming vehicle and fuel programs.

The benefits of having a clean environment will continue to improve lives, says EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

"Since 1970 we have seen a steady trajectory of less pollution in our communities and greater economic opportunity throughout our nation," says Jackson. "We will continue those trends as we face the clean air challenges of the next 40 years, including working to cut greenhouse gases and grow the American clean energy economy."

Individuals will save their own money, too, from a less-polluted planet. Living a healthy life through a balanced diet, exercise, and in a clean environment can help people save on their health and life insurance rates. 

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