If you believe the Top 10 lists, no one in the Dayton area can ever breathe easy. Many of us can’t breathe at all.
Things are stacked against us:
The Dayton area is the 8th most challenging U.S. metro area to live in for people with fall allergies, according to a recent Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report.
Fall is not the only season to worry about if you have allergies. The Dayton area ranked 7th on the list for spring allergies.
The Natural Resources Defense Council ranked Ohio second in 2012 “on a list of 20 states that are responsible for a disproportionate share of toxic emissions from the U.S. electric sector.” This state falls only behind Kentucky.
Asthma to share
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation doesn’t have much nice to say about our air. The non-profit ranked the Dayton area seventh on its 2013 Asthma Capital list.
Whole lot of smokers
Twenty-six percent of Ohioans smoke cigarettes, making the state’s smoking rate one of the highest in the nation, according to a 2011 study by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Good old Kentucky was the only state with a higher rate, according to the survey of 177,600 Americans. Twenty-nine percent of Kentuckian smoked.
I could go on with the Top 10 lists that say breathing conditions here are less than desirable, but I think you get the point.
All this talk about breathing challenges in the Buckeye State are enough to make us all invest in gas masks.
This would actually be a very ‘Ohio thang’ to do.
Cleveland’s Garrett Morgan did in fact invent the respiratory protective hood (the gas mask).
But I digress. Besides, gas masks can be expensive.
The cheapest way to avoid the air here is maybe to build an air-tight home and permanently roost there.
Then again, there is probably a Top 10 list that says Dayton is among the Top 10 places in the U.S. to breathe indoors while roosting.
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