How Air Pollution Impacts Us


Many air pollutant particles are invisible to the human eye

Our lungs can't cough out these tiny particles, and once in the lungs, they can pass through cell membranes, enter the bloodstream, and even cross the blood-brain barrier. Exposure to particle pollution has been linked to chronic lower respiratory diseases, diabetes, and stroke, three of the five leading causes of death in North Carolina


Ozone pollutants are especially dangerous to vulnerable populations 

Caused by a chemical reaction between air pollutants released by vehicle exhaust, paint, aerosol products, and manufacturing facilities, ground-level ozone is among the most common air pollutants in North Carolina. Breathing ozone pollution irritates our lungs, causing chest pain and coughing, and making it more difficult to fight off respiratory infections


Diesel contains 40 toxic compounds.

Diesel exhaust from trucks, buses, trains, and construction equipment is a major air pollution source. It contains 40 toxic compounds associated with many adverse health outcomes, including asthma, heart and lung disease, cancer, and even premature death. Stroke, heart disease, and respiratory disease are three of the five leading causes of death in North Carolina

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