Bauer Business Focus

Air Pollution and Mental Health

Guest: Associate Professor Meng Li



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We often step outside to get a breath of fresh air, but Decision & Information Sciences Associate Professor Meng Li at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston asks what happens if the air you are breathing isn't so "fresh?"

“Research suggests that mental health concerns in urban areas can be attributed to high levels of air pollution. Air pollution can undermine people's mental health, and this impact becomes stronger as the duration of exposure to air pollution increases.”

“The negative impact of air pollution on mental health is enhanced for people living in cities with lower GDP per capita, lesser health resources and a shortage of green space and sports facilities.”

“A key to managing the mental health of citizens is managing the air pollution of the cities they live in.”

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