Health Air Pollution

The Effects of Common Air Pollutants on Human Health

Effects on the Human Respiratory System

Air pollution may lead to...

  • Asthma
  • Acute or Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema
  • Premature deterioration/aging of lungs


Possible symptoms may also include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, phlegm, and chest tightness.


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Effects on the Cardiovascular System

Air pollution can also result in...

  • Stroke
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms


Some symptoms include chest pain or tightness, palpitations, unusual fatigue, etc.

What you can do:

  • Conserve energy.
  • Carpool or limit amount of driving by walking or riding a bike.
  • Don't idle vehicles.


For more ways to decrease air pollution, check out: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/ams/aqmdp/share.htm


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