If you pollute air today, it will pollute your health tomorrow.
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A recent study out of the Harvard School of Public Health found a strong link between air pollution and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)--a dangerous type of blood clot that forms in the thighs or legs and can travel to the lungs. Study director Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, said "It is well-established that air pollution causes myocardial infarction [heart attack] and stroke. This is the first time that anyone has connected air pollution with deep vein thrombosis."
The effects of inhaling air pollute with particulate matter are much like the effects of breathing second-hand smoke. Because the particles are so small, they can lodge in lungs and internal organs and travel in the bloodstream like oxygen. Scientists already knew that pollution spikes the incidence of lung problems ranging from asthma complications to lung cancer. And studies have found that exposure to pollution from car fumes triples the risk of heart attack in heart-attack survivors.
That is why this petition is aiming to encourage the community to alleviate pollution and start having a healthy and clean environment. We should start to be conscious of our surroundings. Don't let our future go up in smoke. Let us be part of the solution, not the pollution!
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