Air pollution is in the air that we breathe in.
Air pollution particles and gases enter our bodies and can damage our cells in different ways. They usually get into our lungs first and can then move into our blood to reach organs such as our heart and brain.
Any amount of pollution can be damaging to our health, but the more that you are exposed to, the bigger the risk and the larger the effect it can have on you and your family.
Some people are more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution than others. Those more at risk from air pollution include:
- Pregnant people
- Older people
- People with lung conditions such as: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer
- People with heart conditions such as: coronary artery disease, heart failure and high blood pressure.
This video shows Mala and Ariyan's story, about how air pollution can impact children's health.