Friday, February 1

Pollution killing 6,000 Canadians every year

You see, the emissions that come out of the tailpipes of our cars and the smokestacks of the oilsands and power plants are bad for our health, as well as the environment.

Every year, there are about 6,000 deaths in Canada due to short-term exposure to air pollution, according to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation's Report Card on Canadians' Health, released this week.

And 69 per cent of those deaths come in the form of cardio and cerebrovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes, etc.). Despite those figures, only 13 per cent of Canadians have made the connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease.

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