Study: Lung diseases more common near Boston airport

People who live near Boston’s Logan International Airport are more likely to asthma and other lung diseases that residents who live in other parts of the city, a study reported on Boston Globe found. 

The study found children living near the airport were four times more likely to have respiratory issues and adults were two more likely to have breathing problems

Massachusetts state health officials attributed the findings to exposure to pollution from airplanes at Logan airport, which is the 19th-busiest airport in the United States, according to the report. 

“The chief takeaways are that we do see some respiratory effects associated with living in the areas of highest impact, but Logan itself represents a smaller contribution to the overall urban air pollution picture than expected,” Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Environmental Health Suzanne Condon told the paper. 

The study found that residents living near Logan airport did not have higher rates of heart disease.