Air pollution can cause chemical reactions that have negative effects on the environment and individual’s health. It has the ability to create acidic compounds which in turn may cause acid rain and damage the environment.
According to research, “air pollution has both acute and chronic effects on human health, affecting a number of different systems and organs. It ranges from minor upper respiratory irritation to chronic respiratory and heart disease, lung cancer, acute respiratory infections in children and chronic bronchitis in adults, aggravating pre-existing heart and lung disease, or asthmatic attacks.”
Air pollution is a combination of solid particles and gases in the air. It occurs when the air contains a harmful amount of gases, dust, fumes and odor (Conserve Energy Future).
How is Air Pollution Affecting Your Health?
Radon- Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that can seep into your home through the foundation and cracks in the basement. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer,” and “is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.”
Your Lungs- Hazardous air exposure can trigger a variety of issues pertaining to your lungs. According to research it can trigger new cases of asthma, exacerbate a previously-existing respiratory illness and provoke chronic illnesses which include lung cancer, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tobacco Smoke- Tobacco smoke is one of the most harmful air pollutions. Whether you smoke, or you surround yourself with people who smoke, you are at risk for a wide range of medical issues. It spreads harmful chemicals and has the ability to cause cancer, throat irritation, asthma and burning eyes.
Indoor Air Pollution- This may be the most dangerous air pollution as individuals are exposed to contamination at close proximity. Some of these contaminations are due to animal waste, wood, agricultural residue and charcoal. Prolonged exposure to this pollution can lead to respiratory infections, lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases.