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  • Paper: Air pollution via wildfire smoke increases suicide risk in rural counties

    David Molitor, a professor of finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    A new paper co-written by Gies College of Business professor David Molitor found that air pollution via drifting wildfire smoke disproportionately elevates the risk of suicide among rural populations in the U.S.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact David Molitor, call 217-244-0504; email

    The paper “Air pollution and suicide in rural and urban America: Evidence from wildfire smoke” is available online.

    If you are having thoughts of suicide, call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Visit the 988 webpage for more resources.