Benefits of mitigated ambient air quality due to transportation control on childhood asthma hospitalization during the 2002 summer Asian games in Busan, Korea

J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2007 Aug;57(8):968-73. doi: 10.3155/1047-3289.57.8.968.


The objective of this study is to see whether there were any health benefits of mitigated air pollution concentration due to reduced traffic flow during a citywide intervention for the 2002 Summer Asian Games. Relative risks of hospitalization for childhood asthma during the post-Asian Game period compared with the baseline period were estimated using a time-series analysis of the generalized additive Poisson model. Fourteen consecutive days of traffic volume control in Busan during the Games reduced all regulated air pollutant levels by 1-25%. The estimated relative risk of hospitalization during the post-Games period over the baseline period was 0.73 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.49, 1.11). We observed that this reduced air pollution was unique in 2002 when the traffic volume reduction program was applied during the Games period. This empirical data provides epidemiologic evidence of the health benefits resulting from environmental interventions to reduce ambient air pollution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / prevention & control
  • Air Pollution / statistics & numerical data*
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Korea / epidemiology
  • Seasons
  • Sports*
  • Time Factors
  • Transportation / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Transportation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Weather