A report released today by the American Lung Association shows that air pollution in the St. Louis region has recently increased.
The annual report ranks the St. Louis area 12th worst among U.S. metropolitan regions for particulate pollution and 25th for ground-level ozone, the main component of smog.
Susannah Fuchs is the Senior Director of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association’s Plains-Gulf Region, which includes Missouri.
A new report by the American Lung Association puts Missouri near the bottom of the list when it comes to state tobacco control policies.
The report grades states according to their spending on tobacco prevention and control programs, smoke-free air laws, cigarette taxes, and coverage of programs to help smokers quit.
Missouri was one of six states to receive an “F” grade in all four categories.
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