European Union Targets Health Hazards

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Last summer, the European Commission adopted the so-called European Environment and Health Strategy, which is better known as the SCALE Initiative. Its objectives are to reduce the disease burden caused by environmental factors in the European Union (EU), identify and prevent new health threats caused by these factors, and strengthen policymaking capacity in this area.

A strong link

The European Environmental Agency cites a strong link between poor human health and environmental problems. One recent study indicates that as many as 60,000 deaths occur annually in large European cities from chronic exposure to air pollutants. That same report claims that children are most adversely affected, with one in seven suffering from asthma — an alarming increase from 30 years ago. Other sources contend that about 25-33% of diseases in industrialized countries are the result of environmental factors.

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