10 air pollution facts

What you should know about the air you breathe


1-cityBreathing air in polluted metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or Riverside can reduce your life expectancy by 2 to 3 years.

2-vehiclesTransportation sources such as cars, trucks, buses, ships and trains account for 90% of the cancer risk associated with air pollution.

3-dieselDiesel exhaust from trucks, ships, trains and buses has been declared to contain over 40 substances listed as hazardous air pollutants by the U.S. EPA.

4-trafficWhen you drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, pollutants outside can seep into your car, making the air you breathe inside your car up to 10 times more polluted than typical city air.

5-shipEvery day that a ship sits at dock unloading its cargo, it releases an entire ton of smog-forming and toxic pollutants.


6-neighborhoodIf you live, work or go to school near high-traffic roads, seaports or railyards, you face a greater risk of cancer or decreased lung function, as these places contain more concentrated levels of air pollution.

7-kidsFor your child, toxic air pollution is an even bigger problem, in part because children breathe much more quickly than adults.

8-asthmaAsthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism, according to the California Department of Education.

9-lungsEven if you don't smoke cigarettes, your lungs or heart may be similarly damaged simply from exposure to ozone and particulate matter.

10-hospitalHealth impacts from diesel pollution exposure, such as premature death, heart disease, asthma and bronchitis, cost some $22 billion statewide in 2004, not including impacts such as lost work and school days.


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