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- Harrison Tasoff discusses research that finds that the health care costs associated with wildfire smoke are higher than previously thought.
- What can you do to reduce the harmful impacts of wildfires, including smoke?
- Read about the need for equitable wildfire recovery.
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Researchers have used air quality and public health data to estimate the health care costs associated with smoke exposure in California from 2012 through 2018.
Health economist Daniel Cullen, who recently earned his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that each additional day of wildfire smoke led to roughly $188,000 in medical expenditures for respiratory and circulatory hospitalizations per county, as averaged across all the counties and years in his study.
The total cost in California over the entire period he studied came out to over $1.3 billion.
Read the full article about health and wildfire smoke by Harrison Tasoff at Futurity.