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Environmental Quality

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. Globally, nearly 25% of all deaths and disease can be linked to environmental factors.

Children’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke by Health Insurance Status

Children’s exposure to secondhand smoke by health insurance status. From 2009 to 2012, children ages 3 to 11 with private health insurance had the lowest rate of exposure to secondhand smoke (27.3%). Children with public health insurance had more than twice the rate of secondhand smoke exposure during the same years (57.5%).

Rates for all health insurance status groups were:
Private health insurance: 27.3%
No health insurance: 43.8%
Public health insurance: 57.5%

Healthy People 2020 Targets

Children Ages 3 to 11 Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

41.3% of children ages 3 to 11 years were exposed to secondhand smoke from 2009 to 2012.
HP2020 Target: 47.0%
2012: 41.3
This objective has exceeded the target.

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) Exceeding 100

In 2009-2011, the AQI exceeded 100 for 1.252 billion AQI-weighted people days.
HP2020 Target: 1.98 billion AQI-weighted people days
2011: 1.252 billion AQI-weighted people days
This objective has exceeded the target

Data Source: Air Quality System (AQS), EPA