Latinos Face Greater Health Risks Due to Air Pollution, Study Says

More than 23 million Latino children and adults are at risk of asthma-related health issues, according to a study from the National Resources Defense Council.

“Nearly five million Hispanics have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetime,” said Dr. Elena Rios, CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association. “Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups.”

The Latino organizations who participated in the study are urging people to join a major campaign to urge elected officials to pledge to take action to protect and strengthen the Federal Clean Air Act, which is currently under fire in some quarters in Congress.

The study shows that one out of two Hispanic Americans in Colorado faces serious health risks due to living in counties that frequently violate air quality standards.

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