Teens Acting Badly? Smog Could Be to Blame
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to behave badly -- lie, steal, vandalize, use drugs -- if they live in areas with heavy air pollution, a study of children living in greater Los Angeles suggests.
Younger kids exposed to increased levels of air pollution tended to have delinquency scores similar to teens three or four years older, the study authors said, though the study did not prove that pollution actually caused delinquent behavior.
Regardless, the researchers estimated a 22 percent increase in delinquency among Southern California teenagers for every 4.5 microgram per cubic meter increase in the airborne particulate matter to which they're exposed.Full Article