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The Cost of Premature Birth from Preventable Air Pollution in California
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About the Study

Tracking California analyzed data to better understand the costs of preterm birth due to preventable particulate matter (PM) pollution. Our results provide better information on the role that preventable PM plays in preterm birth risks and on its economic impact in California.

The study found that nearly 1 in 10 premature births in California could be avoided by reducing preventable PM pollution. Each year, California could avoid an estimated:

3,000 premature births

$170 million in medical costs

$980 million in lost lifetime earnings

Findings & Methods

Study brief (PDF | references)

Infographic (PDF | PNG)

Full technical report (PDF)

In collaboration with the California Department of Public Health's Fusion Center, a sensitivity analysis was performed to provide an estimate of statistical uncertainty of study results. The sensitivity analysis is available here:

More Information

For more information on air pollution in your county, please visit our Air Quality Data Query. For information on preterm birth and other measures of maternal and infant health, visit our Maternal and Infant Health Data Query.

Tracking California, Public Health Institute.  The Cost of Premature Birth from Preventable Air Pollution in California. Accessed [Month/Day/Year] from