Air Pollution & Health Effects
Air pollution harms your health
Ozone can irritate the mucus membranes in your mouth, nose, and throat; increase breathing difficulties; damage your lungs; and worsen existing respiratory problems such as asthma.
Particulate matter that is 10 microns in diameter or less is referred to as PM10 (a micron is less than 1/70th the thickness of a human hair). PM10 can cause increased respiratory illnesses, lung damage, cancer, and premature death. PM2.5 (particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less) are very small particles that can be lodged in the deepest part of your lungs.
Who suffers the most from air pollution?