Air Pollution and Human Health

Air pollution spares none. Across the globe, ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Depending on the pollutant type, exposure level and frequency, the impacts manifest in the human beings as one or more following symptoms:

  • Respiratory irritation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Aggravates cardiovascular diseases and causes stroke
  • Reduced lung capacity and lung function
  • Development of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and cancer
  • Impaired fertility in both men and women
  • Pre-term delivery
  • Premature death
WHO: Breathe Life – How air pollution impacts our body

Vulnerable Population:

Though air pollution affects everyone irrespective of gender, age, health conditions, there are people who are at high risk of getting impacted due to air pollution are as follows:

  • Individuals with heart and/or lung diseases
  • Pregnant women
  • Children
  • Older adults and the elderly Breathe Life – Clean Air, Healthy Future

WHO: Breathe Life – Clean Air, Healthy Future