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  • Love the air this Valentine's Day

    Feb 14, 2022 | Read More News
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    Love the airThis Valentine’s Day, let's give a little love to our air and start a healthy habit that is good for your heart and lungs. Air pollution, in the form of fine particulates, can travel into the bloodstream, damage blood vessels, and ultimately impact blood pressure and heart function. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of lung health and reducing air pollution is essential for maintaining it, especially for the most vulnerable populations. According to the American Lung Association, higher levels of air pollution can contribute to worse health outcomes from COVID-19, including higher death rates.

    By skipping a commute trip in your motor vehicle each week and sharing rides, taking transit, telecommuting, or riding a bike instead, you can reduce air pollution by more than 1,000 pounds a year and help keep the air healthy for those you love on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

    What is in the air pollution that we create by driving our motor vehicles to and from work each day? Many harmful pollutants including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter are emitted into the air each time we start our engines. In addition, every gallon of gasoline burned, contributes approximately 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Even one "no-drive day" a week can save about a half ton of pollution every year. That savings keeps the air cleaner and helps our neighbors, friends, and our precious planet stay healthier.

    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality invites Pima County residents to take the Drive Less Pledge for a chance to win some great prizes each quarter. For more information about ways to help reduce air pollution, visit the PDEQ’s Clean Air Program website and watch the “Love the Air” video for ideas on how to skip trips.

    Media Contact: Natalie Shepp, Outreach & Education Manager, 520-724-6885, natalie.shepp@pima.gov