Calif. Smog Kills 24K Each Year

Pollution deaths three times higher than earlier estimates
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 11:39 AM CDT
Calif. Smog Kills 24K Each Year
Smog over Los Angeles. New studies say 24,000 people a year die from air pollution in California.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Air pollution is responsible for the deaths of 24,000 people in California annually—three times higher than previous estimates, according to new research. Rates of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious disease increase exponentially after even minimal exposure to particles of metal, dust, or other pollution from vehicles and factory smokestacks, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"There's no death certificate that says specifically someone died of air pollution, but cities with higher rates of air pollution have much greater rates of death from cardiovascular diseases," said the chief researcher for the California Air Resources Board. (More California stories.)

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