A focus on particulate matter and health

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A focus on particulate matter and health

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:03 pm

A focus on particulate matter and health.
Russell AG, Brunekreef B
Environ Sci Technol 2009, 43:4620-4625.

Particles in the air might be tiny, but they are not benign. An estimated 811,000 people worldwide die prematurely from
exposure to elevated levels of particulate matter (PM)in cities, and a staggering 1.8 million are similarly affected by smoke
from indoor solid fuel use. Together they rival “overweight and obesity” as causes of premature death. In Europe, it has
been estimated that life expectancy is reduced by an average of 9 months as a result of exposure to anthropogenic fine particles.
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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