An estimated 275 deaths in Michigan every year are related to air pollution


A report released this week found an estimated 275 deaths in Michigan each year are related to air pollution.

This according to a new study conducted for the American Thoracic Society.

The report took data from 2011 to 2013.

The study compared ozone and fine particulate matter levels and health risks associated with air pollution.

Pollution related health risks include bronchitis, and heart and lung failure.

Kevin Cromar, of New York University, authored the report.

“By combining those three factors, the pollution level and the health functions and the location specific population and baseline health risks, we were able to come up with reliable estimate of the health risks of pollution higher than the ATS levels.”

Cromar said areas with the highest levels of air pollution typically have higher resident populations.

“We hope that these numbers are a reliable source of information to help both air quality managers and citizens to work together to move forward on how to best address this problem.”

Cromar said he plans to update the data yearly.

You can read the report in full here.