Air Pollution

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Air Pollution

The health effects of air pollution vary from person to person.  The high risk groups, consisting the elderly, infants, pregnant women, and chronic sufferers of heart and lung diseases are the most susceptible to air pollution.  In young children, air pollution can have adverse effects on the development of their lungs.  An interesting fact is that indoor air pollution can actually be worse than outdoor air pollution.  The accumulation of indoor pollutants from smoke, smog, and chemical cleaning products can build up in the home for years, which might eventually lead to both acute and chronic issues.

The acute and chronic ailments associated with air pollution very as well.  Some of the acute symptoms include, but are not limited to headaches, eye irritation, and nausea.  The chronic effects are more long term and are almost irreversible and include lung cancer, reduced lung capacity, and other repertory complications.  Radon and tobacco smoke are the two indoor pollutants of greatest concern for health reasons.  Tobacco smoke is comprised of more than 4,000 chemical compounds that contain anything from carcinogens, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.  Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is odorless, colorless, and radioactive.  So just imagine what these two causes over a period of years.

Some of the most common air pollutants are ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead.  Ironically enough, they are also the most dangerous ones as well.  They can have detrimental effects of human health as well as the environment.  Other than trying to limit the production and use of these pollutants, there is very little else that can be done.

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One comment

  1. I wasn’t sure what your point about this post was, but I’m just gonna add to it because I think it is an interesting topic. Air pollution is a huge issue in the United States and pretty much everywhere around the world. Cigarettes surprisingly, are not in the top 5 for top air pollutants. it is very surprising to me because a lot of people smoke all around the world. However I personally, think smoking is the most dangerous compared to the top air pollutants. Smoking can easily cause cancer or lungs problems compared to car pollution or pollution from factory. However, industrial pollution or car pollution has more toxic and dangerous waste. At the end of the day, I think we can only try to regulate air pollution but it can’t be very effective. Yes some bars and buildings have posted signs about smoking, and factories and industries are not allowed to be so close to the city. I think the laws about banning smoking in bars and restaurants and other public places were more for a health issue, but it also helps reduce air pollution.

    The issue of air pollution further interests me because of the health issues related to it. Issues like respiratory diseases have been directly linked to air pollutions. I am sure that further rules will be established to help this Issue and peoples lives will not be at risk.

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