No room to breath- The health affects of air pollution

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A worldwide study into the effects of air pollution has suggested that it may damage every organ and virtually every cell in a human body. The research has implied that there is head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. There is no part of the body that isn’t affected. It has been hypothesised that the systematic damage to the body originates as a result of pollutants being flooded throughout the body with ultrafine particles being carried around the body via the bloodstream.

Therefore, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has branded air pollution as a “public health emergency,” and they also estimate that 90% of the entire global population have to endure toxic outside air every day. Further evidence was established in new analysis, which indicates that nearly 9 million early deaths every year are attributable to poor air quality, double earlier estimates.

This establishes air pollution as a more lethal killer than tobacco smoking worldwide.

Further support of this hypothesis stems from scientists from the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, who say “air pollution can harm acutely, as well as chronically, potentially affecting every organ in the body.” The forum added, “Ultrafine particles pass through the [lungs], are readily picked up by cells, and carried via the bloodstream to expose virtually all cells in the body.”

Dr Maria Neira, director of public and environmental health at WHO, spoke on the subject: “It adds to the evidence we have already. There are more than 70,000 scientific papers to demonstrate that air pollution is affecting our health.” She added, “issues like Parkinson’s or autism, for which there is some evidence but maybe not the very strong linkages, that evidence is coming now.

So, the importance of technologies and services that can further prevent, detect, and manage airborne pollutants is therefore as important as it has ever been. The Clean Air Technology Expo is the UK’s largest event for businesses that provide air cleaning and monitoring technologies and services, all with the aim to manage existing air quality; ensuring it does not start to become increasingly dangerous to human health.

If your business offers innovative air quality products or services and you want to showcase them in front of over 6,000 influential decision makers from industry-leading businesses and councils, then please get in touch with Event Director Danny Rogers at or call 0117 990 2005 for more information.