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A Breath of Air: What Pollution is Doing to Our Children


"A Breath of Air: What Pollution is Doing to Our Children"

Co-produced by the USC/UCLA Children's Center and the California Air Resources Board, 2002

Length: 4:12

File: Flash Video File
(72.3 MB, 640x480, 4:12)


This segment presents some of the results from the Children's Health Study. James Gauderman, who heads the statistical team for the study, explains that one of their publications shows a potential causative link between air pollution and asthma, primarily linked with exposure to ground-level ozone. Gauderman says when researchers studied the children's activity patterns, they found that the most active children, the ones who spent the most time exercising outside, had about a 3-fold increased risk of developing asthma. The segment features additional interviews with Robin Coutu, whose teenage daughter plays soccer and has asthma, and Toni Taylor. Gauderman says when they studied children who had moved to less polluted communities, their asthma improved. Barry Wallerstein, Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, says the Study shows that today's air pollution levels are adversely affecting children's health.

Available by free download or DVD from http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/health/school/chs-vpform.htm

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