MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are releasing a new web resource that allows residents to explore connections between radon, smoking and lung cancer in their communities.
Officials say one in eight Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon, a natural but radioactive gas that seeps into houses from soil and bedrock. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Vermonters who both smoke and live in a home with radon are at an extra high risk.
About 380 Vermonters die annually from lung cancer, including 50 whose deaths are associated with radon.
But Tracking program manager David Grass says radon problems "are relatively inexpensive to fix."
The resource is online at www.healthvermont.gov/tracking/rslc.aspx.
The health department also has free radon test kits available by calling 800-439-8550 or emailing email@example.com.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
PO Box 4508