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Health Risks Associated With Gas Powered Leaf Blowers
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Several cities across the nation have moved to ban leaf blowers. Various studies have emerged showing effects on air quality, which in turn affects the health of those who operate them and the general public.

Across the United States, full or partial bans on gasoline powered leaf blowers have been implemented. Redondo Beach, Calif., became one of the latest cities to move towards a complete ban.

The effects of the various bans are not just economic, but also have an impact on health and air quality.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one hour of use of the best-selling commercial leaf blower produces as much pollution as a 2016 Toyota Camry driving 1,100 miles.

Another health problem the blowers cause was cited in studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine - spreading airborne particles such as dirt and dust, which can lead to asthma or other respiratory related illnesses.

Leaf blower bans can be controversial at the very least because of the burden of cost on the landscapers, who pass the costs onto the customer. These costs include not only replacing the equipment, but the added time it takes to complete a job with non-powered tools or with less efficient battery-powered ones.

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