Smog

Smog – Definition

We all know the pictures on TV Screens of big cities like Beijing, Los Angeles or New Delhi. The WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for about 6.5 million premature– or early — deaths every year.¹ It estimates that nearly 600,000 of those who die are children under the age of five. Let’s take a deeper look at the main sources, the dangers and risks of smog to your health and what you can do to prevent unhealthy air.

Fact

Emissons like pm2.5 can travel great distances with the wind and are often caused by distant producers.

Main Sources

Smog is a result of different kinds of emissions from coal, traffic, industrial production, forest and agricultural fires as well as photochemical reactions of these emissions. The smog we know from larger cities like Los Angeles and Beijing is mostly derived from vehicular emissions and industrial fumes that react in the atmosphere with sunlight. However, oftentimes smog is aggravated by burning fields in agricultural areas and added to the cities pollution.

Fact

Emissons like pm2.5 can travel great distances with the wind and are often caused by distant producers.

Main Sources

The smog we know from larger cities like Beijing is mostly derived from vehicular emissions and industrial fumes that react in the atmosphere with sunlight. Oftentimes this is aggravated by burning fields in agricultural areas.

Dangers & Risks

Smog is highly toxic to humans and poses a severe health hazard and life-threatening danger. It especially affects the respiratory parts of the human body resulting in inflammation of the breathing passages, decrease of the lungs’ working capacity, shortness of breath. Furthermore, it affects immune system increasing the susceptibility to illness. Alzheimer’s disease has also been linked to smog exposure as well as the increased risk of certain birth defects.

Estimated deaths per day caused by air pollution¹

Dangers & Risks

Smog is highly toxic to humans and poses a severe health hazard and life-threatening danger. It especially affects the respiratory parts and the immune system. Alzheimer’s disease and certain birth defects have also been linked to smog.

Estimated deaths per day caused by air pollution¹

Short-Term Solutions

Avoiding smog is of course the best thing you can do. If you have to go outside, wearing a breathing mask is a sensible thing when you find yourself in an area of smog. But beware and use the right ones. Particles of pollution of sizes below 2.5 micrometers still can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause harm. Only N95 masks that filter at least 95% of very small particles. However, an N95 respirator needs to be fitted perfectly and does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.

Short-Term Solutions

Avoiding smog is the best thing you can do. Wearing a breathing mask can be a sensible thing, the best are N95 respirators which need to fit perfectly.

Long-Term Solutions

In order to avoid exposure to smog, the most effective way is to stay away from places it frequently occurs. This can be difficult if you happen to live and or work in a city prone to smog. Taking up residence in a smog-free area is of course the best solution for your health. If that is not an option, you should make all efforts to shield yourself and your family of the fatal. If you reside in an area as mentioned, an air quality management system is an expedient solution. Unlike regular Air Purifiers, ingenious technologies like The Breeze Lab’s AirQPort® filter the ambient air when entering the building, freeing it from 99.9995% of particles, including the smallest and most dangerous kind of PM2.5 and the even smaller nanoparticles. The result is clean and healthy respiratory air inside your home and workplace.

Long-Term Solutions

You can shield yourself from smog with an air quality management system. The Breeze Lab’s AirQPort® filters the ambient air when entering the building, freeing it from 99.9995% of particles, including the smallest and most dangerous kind of PM2.5 and the even smaller nanoparticles.