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Is Sitting in Traffic Literally Killing you?

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Yesterday I was driving on the highway and I saw that there was a heavy pollution warning for Wednesday (today). It said to carpool or to take the bus.

I started wondering if these notices presented conveniently on the highway actually affect how many people carpool or take alternative transportation throughout the day. Do people care about the pollution if they don’t see or feel the consequences? My guess is probably not.

We have all heard the “Go Green!” campaigns and the global warming news, but you may not be around to see the change. The ironic thing is pollution may be the reason why you aren’t around for the change.

Studies have found that there is a correlation between breathing traffic-related air pollution and premature death. Those with more exposure to traffic pollution are 20% more likely to die earlier than those with less exposure. They also have a 40% higher chance of dying from complications or diseases in the heart.

Citizens that live closer to busy roads, heavily crowded intersections, and highways are submitted to more pollution than those who live in more rural, less populated areas.

Some react differently than others when exposed to air pollution. There can be chest tightness and coughing or asthma, whereas others may not experience any symptoms at all.

If interested in knowing or keeping track of the air quality in your area go to:

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