by Katie Strader

Smog is a kind of air pollution, originally named for the mixture of smoke and fog in the air. Classic smog results from large amounts of coal burning in an area and is caused by a mixture of smoke and sulfur dioxide.

Smog is a very dangerous air pollutant. It can inflame breathing passages which causes asthma symptoms. It can damage the lungs in a number of ways, making it painful to deeply inhale. It is especially harmful to senior citizens, children, and people with heart and lung problems. It can cause eye and nose irritation and interferes with the body's ability to fight infection, increasing susceptibility to illness. When ozone levels are high, hospital admissions and respiratory deaths increase.

We cannot let this go on any longer. Smog is damaging our people, and our environment. To reduce the amount of smog in the air, you can drive less. Driving your vehicle releases harmful gases into the air. You can use public transportation, carpool, or even use an alternative fuel. If you are going to be stopped for 10 seconds or more, except while in traffic, turn your engine off. Fill your gas tank during cooler times of the day to cut down on evaporation. Also avoid spilling gas. There are many different things we can do to reduce smog, we just have to step up and do them.