Air pollution and your health

Following the exceedance of the particulate pollution alert threshold in several French departments in March 2014, the authorities took a number of measures, including free public transport, speed limits for motorized vehicles and alternating traffic for the first time in Paris. This situation is also found in many cities around the world, such as Mexico City and Beijing.

So what does this mean for local residents?

Although it’s difficult to put a precise figure on its impact on human health, when air pollution levels rise, so does the number of people hospitalized for lung problems. It’s also a proven fact that air pollution kills millions of people around the world prematurely. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), fine particle pollution is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide.

How to protect yourself during pollution peaks?

  • It is advisable to avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Avoid major roads
  • It is recommended not to take your car, if possible.
  • Don’t play sports outdoors
  • Don’t smoke – it’s even more harmful in periods of high pollution!
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