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New Report Shows Health Impact of Air Pollution More Serious Than Once Stated

By April 19, 2016 No Comments
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Camfil air filtration specialists release new report on study that assesses the lifetime impact of air pollution on human health.

U.S. – A new report has revealed that the health impact of air pollution is far more serious than previously thought. According to information released by the Royal College of Physicians in the U.K., air pollution not only causes up to 40,000 premature deaths annually in the country, but can also cause health damage that can be lifelong. The research examined the effects of air pollution from a baby’s time period in the womb into old age. According to the RCP report, “The London smog of 1952 also referred to as the “Big Smoke” killed 12,000 people. Today’s older generations who were brought up in the 1940s-1950s were exposed to soot and sulphur dioxide from coal burning, in the 1960s-1980s carbon monoxide and emissions from leaded petrol were the pollutants of concern. Today’s children inhale nitrogen dioxide and sub-micron particles, so called PM1 from diesel-fueled vehicles.”

Global air filtration specialist Camfil says that these kinds of statistics have been replicated in impact studies on various countries across the globe. Another recent study announced during the 2016 annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows that worldwide, air pollution is stated to cause approximately 5.5 million deaths.

In two recent blogs, titled “Are You Creating More Indoor Air Pollution With Harmful Air Fresheners?” and “Air Pollution Related Health Damage Can Last Decades, Study Reveals” Camfil suggests that raising awareness about the dangerous long-term effects of air pollution is critical for the development of solutions that can be effective in eradicating this widespread problem. A first helpful step according to Camfil, is combating challenges linked to indoor air pollution, by using current technology to improve indoor air quality.

Limiting Pollutant Exposure by Improving the Quality of Indoor Air

According to Camfil, “Although it is difficult for us to limit our exposure to outdoor pollution, we can do a lot to improve indoor air. Since we spend most of our time inside buildings, indoor air quality is crucial to our health. Pollution found inside a building is a cocktail of outdoor air pollutants and indoor pollutants such as, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and biological pollutants.”

Camfil is a global leader in providing solutions for improving air quality within various building types including commercial and residential structures. The company says that, “Modern buildings are relatively airtight and usually provided with mechanical ventilation to bring in external air and circulate air inside the building. Filtration can be applied in the fresh-air and recirculation air systems to provide effective control of particles and gaseous contaminants such as nitrogen dioxide.”

Camfil has also said of the use of energy efficient air filters or air purifying systems like those manufactured by the company, “Using low energy air filters it is possible to provide high quality indoor air and also help users meet government requirements for energy efficiency and greener buildings. The ventilation system can be supplemented with stand-alone air purifier such as Camfil’s City M or City S.”

Persons or organizations seeking more information about air pollution research and ways to improve indoor air quality can visit Camfil’s website, or contact the company directly to have any questions about available products and services addressed. Camfil focuses on the four main industry segments of comfort air, safety protection, clean air processes, and power systems with the products and services it provides.

More information about Camfil or reducing the health impact of air pollution indoors can also be found by reading, “Are You Creating More Indoor Air Pollution With Harmful Air Fresheners?” and “Air Pollution Related Health Damage Can Last Decades, Study Reveals.”

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