Poor air is a growing problem in cities. Exhaust fumes, diesel particulates and ozone generated by increased vehicle traffic contribute to air pollution. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogenoxide and other air contaminants are creating serious health problems. At the same time, European requirements for better indoor air quality are becoming stricter.
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The case for taking stronger measures to reduce air pollution is becoming clearer everyday as the media and the medical community spell out the dangers of exposure to air pollution. Pollutants such as airborne particulate matter and ground-level ozone are increasing mortality and hospital admissions due to respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
Scientists also say that air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses the same high risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion.
Findings also suggest that population-wide factors like polluted air should be taken more seriously when looking at heart risks. Exposure to traffic poses one of the highest risks since it has the greatest population effect as more people are exposed to it. Los Angeles is an example. Here, doctors are studying asthma and other breathing problems that can plague American teens living and learning near the city’s vast network of freeways – problems that can follow them throughout life and affect their lung growth.
Even healthy people can develop arrhythmias with acute exposure to air pollution, particularly fine particulate matter – tiny airborne grains that can be drawn deeply into the lungs. Three recent reports A recent editorial in “The Lancet”, titled “A breath of fresh air please”, stated that “regulatory efforts to curb air pollution on a local, domestic, and global scale need to be rigorously implemented, enforced, and enhanced. Governments, as public servants, have the duty and responsibility to protect the health of their citizens.”
The editorial cites three reports released earlier this year that underscore “the importance of having an effective air-pollution policy for the benefit of health.” U.S. EPA The first is the “The Benefits and Costs of the Clear Air Act from 1990 to 2020”, released by the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). This report shows that the health benefits greatly exceed the costs of implementing clean-air protection by quantifying the number of health-related events preventable as a result of the Act.