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Research on Health Effects from Air Pollution


Decades of research have shown that air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter (PM) increase the amount and seriousness of lung and heart disease and other health problems. More investigation is needed to further understand the role poor air quality plays in causing detrimental effects to health and increased disease, especially in vulnerable populations. Children, the elderly, and  people living in areas with high levels of air pollution are especially susceptible.

Results from these investigations are used to support the nation’s air quality standards under the Clean Air Act and contribute to improvements in public health.


Source: Environmental Protection Agency (2023) Research on Health Effects from Air Pollution.