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Morishita, Masako, Kathryn C. Thompson, and Robert D. Brook. “Understanding air pollution and cardiovascular diseases: is it preventable?” Current cardiovascular risk reports 9.6 (2015): 30.

The authors Masako Morishita who is an associate professor, Kathryn Thompson who is a family practice specialist in Charlotte and Robert Brook who is a medical doctor contributed to the completion of this article. According to them, air pollution is a leading risk factor for morbidity and mortality globally. The greatest portion of adverse health effects is emanating from cardiovascular diseases. Thus, apart from on-going air quality regulations to reduce air pollution at a society level, the role of an individual to lower their exposure becomes a great deal with the introduction of facemasks to lower the risks. In regards to this, it is imperative that air pollution is a global health issue which needs interventions such as manufacturing of facemasks to control its massive health effects.

Zhang, Junjie, and Quan Mu. “Air pollution and defensive expenditures: Evidence from particulate-filtering facemasks.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2017).

Junjie Zhang works at an environmental research center in Duke Kunshan University while Quan Mu works at The Nature Conservancy in China. The two authors contribute to the development of the idea in this article. They provide new empirical evidence of pollution avoidance which the Chinese Urban residents buy particulate-filtering facemasks to protect them against the ambient air pollution. The evaluation is performed with comprehensive data available on the daily facemask being bought and of course the quality of air that becomes available in recent times. It is imperative that the transitory air pollution in the society leads to a significant increase in the facemasks being bought in extreme episodes. After the evaluation, the result indicates that lowering the occurrence “apocalypse events shows a significant opportunity to advance the social welfare. However, the estimates are likely a small portion of the benefits of clean air since facemask can partially manage the negative health impact of air pollution. 

Two Bibliography Interviews

Mask Industry Interview with an employee of Pur Organization

Interviewer: Good, morning sir? It is a pleasure to meet up with you. Anyway, tell me about       your organization.

Interviewee: Morning sir, it a pleasure to meet up with you too. I work in an organization that is committed to making affordable, durable and dual functional masks to address the worsening air and water pollution in China. Our major role is to make sure that people have the right materials to reduce the diseases that are brought by these kinds of pollution.

Interviewer: What a great initiative, anyway why have you majored your concern to China and air and water pollution is a global issue.

Interviewee: It is true that air and water pollution is a global issue which needs to be addressed. However, the solution has to begin from one place and then extended to the rest of the world. Perhaps, we majored in China because of the research result which indicated that outdoor air pollution results to deaths estimated at 1.6 million people in China each year which can be translated to about 4,400 people daily. As you can see, these figures are big, and something has to be done to counter these deaths. Moreover, Pew determined that 79% of the days in China, the air is unhealthy.

Interviewer: What are the features of your products?

Interviewee: The affordable stylish and multi-functional face masks are made up of spandex infused bamboo polyester. It has a reusable filter which makes it convenient for most people in society because it is economical. This is contrary to the disposable one which is relatively expensive.

Interviewer: Are there other possible ways to control pollution to prevent the use of face masks and other things.

Interviewee: Yeah, it is important for people to understand the impact of pollution on health. I believe that this will stir up the need for a solution where both the people and government will make initiatives to eliminate the causative agents of pollution.

Clothing industry interview with an employee at SMT Production line

Interviewer: Hello, it is important I had your time. You have worked in this industry for a good time now, tell about it?

Interviewee: Thanks, our organization deals with cloths or attires that are mainly used in manufacturing, processing, and other industries. To be more specific, we make protective apparels for workers in unhealthy environments.

Interviewer: What is the drive of the organization?

Interviewee: Our drive is to ensure that employees are safe from workplace hazards and risks. It is imperative that people working in manufacturing industries work around things which can negatively impact their health. Therefore, our company ensures that the employees working in any environment are safe from environmental hazards. Some of the employees handle chemicals which might burn them in case of an accident.

Interviewer: What are some of the products the organizations make?

Interviewee: Our organization makes all protective clothing for the industries. We make gloves, overall, helmet, gas masks, Lab coat, gumboots, and others. It is imperative that all these products are geared towards making sure that the workers are safe.

Interviewer: What is the role of the organization in controlling pollution in the country?

Interviewee: Our organization has come up with a lot of initiative to be implemented to control environmental pollution. For example, we always create awareness by educating the public on the ways to protect the environment. I believe that through knowledge and education the people will be able to understand and learn the importance of protecting the environment.