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Environmental Quality

Many environments in which people live, work, and play expose them to pollution and hazards. Exposure to pollutants in the air (like secondhand smoke) can directly affect health status and is linked to premature death, cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.1

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke for Children Aged 3–11 Years by Race/Ethnicity, 2009–12

Black non-Hispanic children had more than twice the rate of secondhand smoke exposure compared to Hispanic or Latino children.
Hispanic or Latino: 31.4%
Black non-Hispanic: 67.9%
White non-Hispanic: 39.4%

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Exceeding 100

In 2012–14, the AQI exceeded 100 for 0.982 billion AQI-weighted people days.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 1.983 billion
Most Recent (2012–14): 0.982 billion
Target has been exceeded.

Data source: Air Quality System (AQS), EPA.

Children Aged 3–11 Years Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

In 2009–12, 41.3% of children aged 3–11 years were exposed to secondhand smoke.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 47.0%
Most Recent (2009–12): 41.3%
Target has been exceeded.

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

1 Prüss-Üstün A, Corvalán C. Preventing Disease Through Healthy Environments. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2006. Available from http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/preventingdisease.pdf.