Did you know that air pollution kills an estimated 5,900 Canadians each year?
Air pollution degrades our immune response and is a serious threat to people of all ages. Poor air quality, whether indoors and outdoors, can make us more susceptible to infections, like the flu or COVID-19. It makes symptoms more severe. (About 5% of pneumonia deaths in Canada are attributed to air pollution.) It can make breathing difficult, irritate your lungs and airways, and worsen chronic diseases.
For people with asthma, pollution can trigger life-threatening attacks. Asthma is the most common chronic disease affecting children and results in needless deaths. For people who already struggle to breathe, such as those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bad air can be fatal. COPD is the number one reason people are hospitalized in Canada.
Naturally occurring pollutants like radon, found in the ground around many homes, may be a cause of higher lung cancer rates in people who’ve never smoked. The same is true of second-hand cigarette smoke. Lung cancer affects more Canadians than colorectal cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Why should you take action today?
- Air pollution triggers asthma attacks, coughing and wheezing
- Air pollution causes lung cancer
- Air pollution triggers heart attacks and strokes
- Climate change is making air pollution worse
- Babies, kids and teens are at greater risk
- Air pollution can be deadly
Take the Clean Air Pledge and practice the most common things YOU can do to protect your air quality:
Take the Clean Air Pledge: