Indoor Air Pollution Statistics and Expert Opinions
- It is estimated that people spend 90% of their time indoors.
- The EPA and its Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
- Studies have shown that the levels of many airborne pollutants may be 25 to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors
- According to the American College of Allergists, 50% of ALL illnesses are caused or aggravated by, polluted indoor air
- The health care costs and productivity decreases from allergies and asthma are about THIRTEEN BILLION DOLLARS per year
- Ten to twelve million Americans suffer from asthma. Asthma is the single largest cause of hospital visits by children.
- 10% of colds are caught outdoors; 90% are caught indoors
It is hard to come up with another problem that affects more people than indoor pollution.
Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Now the leading chronic illness among children, asthma affects one in ten children.
Indoor air pollution is one of our biggest environmental health threats... bigger than toxic wastes sites and the destruction of the ozone layer.