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Study: Environmental Hazards Cost Calif. $254 Million Annually

A study released by the nonprofit Public Health Institute (PHI) says California could save $250 million per year in healthcare costs – and improve the lives of millions of children – by eliminating exposure to preventable environmental hazards such as lead, pesticides, second-hand smoke, car exhaust and certain household chemicals.

 

A study released by the nonprofit Public Health Institute (PHI) says California could save $250 million per year in healthcare costs – and improve the lives of millions of children – by eliminating exposure to preventable environmental hazards such as lead, pesticides, second-hand smoke, car exhaust and certain household chemicals.

Galatea King, health surveillance director with PHI and one of the authors of the California Environmental Health Tracking Program study, says she and her colleagues focused on multiple health conditions including asthma, leukemia, autism and ADHD.

“We looked at estimates of what amount of the burden of each condition could be attributable to the environment,” she says. “We were looking at things that could be prevented.”

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Originally published by Public News Service


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