Air Pollution Overview

The air we breathe can contain a variety of pollutants emitted into the atmosphere outdoors (also called ambient air) as well as into the air indoors.
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Indoor Air Pollution

As we spend much time in our homes, it is important that the air is as clean as possible
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Common Air Pollutants

This section includes a brief description of the most common air pollutants, and their health effects.
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Outdoor Air Pollution

The common sources of outdoor air pollution are emissions caused by combustion processes from motor vehicles, solid fuel burning and industry.

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  • What is Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • Check todays AQI at the OEH
  • Who is Affected

    Everyone can be affected by air pollution especially when exposed over prolonged periods of time. However, some groups of people may be more susceptible than others.
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    Simple Steps to Protect Your Health

    There are steps individuals can take to reduce air pollution in the community, as well as steps to limit your exposure.
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    CHO's Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee

    In response to a number of complex issues concerning air quality, the Chief Health Officer established an Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) in 2010.
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