Air pollution affects nearly every area of the human body — from head to toe. It is a major environmental risk factor for a slew of diseases, from Alzheimer’s disease to lung cancer to osteoporosis, and can significantly lower lifespan and quality of life. Air pollution accounts for extensive damage to public health, while its exposure impacts everyone, its damage is not distributed equally. Children, elderly individuals, those with pre-existing conditions, and those living in low socioeconomic neighborhoods or environmental justice communities bear a disproportionate burden of its impacts — emphasizing the need to protect vulnerable populations by taking better care of our air quality.
In general, the wide-reaching damage caused by air pollution is thought to be a result of the systemic inflammation it causes. It can impacts various body parts including the eyes, brain, lungs, heart, stomach, liver, bones and reproductive organs… Learn more about the health impact of air pollution here.