Air Pollution Risk – COPD

  • “The most important aspect of treatment is avoiding tobacco smoke and removing other air pollutants from the patient’s home or workplace.”  - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • “Poor indoor air quality can significantly worsen health problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), according to researchers in Scotland.  High concentrations of fine particulate pollution … were strongly linked to poorer health status.”  Dr. Liesl M. Osman, Ph D., reported in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • “Long term exposure to low-level air pollution may increase the risk of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  While acute exposure of several days to high level air pollution was known to be a risk factor for exacerbation in pre-existing COPD, until now there had been no studies linking long-term air pollution exposure to the development or progression of the disease.”  - American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • More than 1 million people a year [in the world] die from chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) that develops due to exposure to … indoor air pollution.”  - World Health Organization
  • “Long-term exposure to traffic related air pollution is linked to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially in people who have diabetes and asthma.”  - Z.J. Andersen as reported in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Research continues to show an obvious link between poor air quality and COPD.  In fact, because poor air quality, for many of us, is an everyday occurrence, never has it been more important to be conscious of our environment and how we play a part in the role of air pollution.”  - Deborah Leader, RN Guide October 29, 2011
  • Nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under five are due to particulate matter inhaled from indoor air pollution.”  - World Health Organization