News from CREAL
Adults with long-term exposure to ozone (O3) face an increased risk of dying from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, according to research with participation of the CREAL published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Using data from a large U.S. study begun in 1982, researchers found that every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) in long-term ozone exposure increased the risk of dying by, 12 percent from lung disease, 3 percent from cardiovascular disease and 2 percent from all causes.
“About 130 million people are living in areas that exceed the National Ambient Air Quality standard,” said Michael Jerrett, PhD, chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA and study co-author. “While ozone has decreased in the U.S., the reductions are not nearly as big as decreases in other pollutants, and elsewhere in the world, ozone is a growing problem.”
Turner MC, Jerrett M, Pope Iii CA, Krewski D, Gapstur SM, Diver WR, Beckerman BS, Marshall JD, Su J, Crouse DL, Burnett RT. Long-Term Ozone Exposure and Mortality in a Large Prospective Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]