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Old 07-29-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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As were getting into the late summer in Florida, the hardcore humidity is setting in. It's so bad that it's actually hard to breathe outside. I limit my outdoor exposure to quick trips to and from my car. My mom is asthma prone, and is basically confined to the AC. I'm always trying to sell her on California. Maybe when I get my career going I can get us both out of here. My question is, would she have a hard time breathing the smoggy air of LA? The air might not be as clean there but it's lighter air. It might be cleaner air here but it's like trying to breath in a steamy bathroom with the vent off. It's almost like there's no oxygen in the air!
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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from my experiences, the smoggy air in the LA area affects a very small percentage of the population, even those with asthma.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Smog is far worse than mere humidity. To my knowledge, humid air does not kill anything. It may be uncomfortable but certainly not harmful.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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from my experiences, the smoggy air in the LA area affects a very small percentage of the population, even those with asthma.
I would second that.
The smog is more or less a visual thing in my experience. You can certainly see it, but I've never noticed beyond that, or heard anyone really complain about breathing issues (they do like to talk about the smog sometimes though).

Having lived in south Georgia, I understand the problems in Florida.
Smoggy air > thick humid air any day.
It is sooo difficult to catch your breath (and I don't even have asthma) in humid air. It is literally like a steam room like you said. In GA, I have waved my hand in the air and felt like I was pushing droplets out of the way, lol. The drier air in California feels much better on your skin, hair, etc. My clothing doesn't stick to me as easy in California. lol.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I would second that.
The smog is more or less a visual thing in my experience. You can certainly see it, but I've never noticed beyond that, or heard anyone really complain about breathing issues (they do like to talk about the smog sometimes though).

Having lived in south Georgia, I understand the problems in Florida.
Smoggy air > thick humid air any day.
It is sooo difficult to catch your breath (and I don't even have asthma) in humid air. It is literally like a steam room like you said. In GA, I have waved my hand in the air and felt like I was pushing droplets out of the way, lol. The drier air in California feels much better on your skin, hair, etc. My clothing doesn't stick to me as easy in California. lol.
In smog its what you can not see that kills you. Don't be mistaken; just because the humidity is fairly low in Los Angeles doesn't mean that the air is OK. I've been to very humid regions like Puerto Rico and agree that the mugginess can be overwhelming but I never had problems breathing.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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I've never felt any effects of smog since moving here almost 4 years ago. I would say, do not worry about it unless you have pre-existing health conditions.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Outside of Los Angeles
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Smoggy air is worse than humid air IMO. Smog makes me cough and my chest can feel a little uncomfortable. If it is only humid with no smog, I would still sweat but at least I won't have chest discomfort. It is the pollution in LA that is the big problem. This factor is the biggest problem with living here even more than the high cost of rents. And all the dust that is spread around and gets into the house that I live in. Smog can also ruin the lungs and lead to other problems. At least humidity can't ruin your lungs. And humidity actually helps you breathe better if you are healthy. It is also better for the skin and hair. And the other thing is that LA and S. CA is not totally dry, don't be fooled into thinking this. We still do get some humid days in the summer.

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