There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows exposure to air pollution can cause serious health impacts.
Scientists have found an association between exposure to chemicals found in air pollution and increased cancer risk and disruption of the hormonal system in mammals.
A recent study conducted in the United States concluded that pregnant women exposed to chemicals found in air pollution were more likely to have a pre-term delivery and to give birth to smaller babies.
Numerous scientific studies have found a strong association between exposure to dust particles and health problems. Fine particles (PM2.5) present the highest risk as they can travel into our airways and move into our lungs.
Common health effects include irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing. Long-term impacts include decreased lung function, onset and aggravation of asthma, non-fatal heart attacks and premature death in people with heart or lung disease.