What air are you breathing?

Microscopic pollutants in the air can slip past our body’s defences, penetrating deep into our respiratory and circulatory system, damaging our lungs, heart and brain1.

Regardless of Outdoor and Indoor environment, the lack of visible smog and haze is no indication that the air is healthy. Air pollution is one of the most serious health problems facing people today but so often, not much attention was given to it. 

In this millennial era, people are willing to gain access to revolutionary treatments, technologies and supplements developed to minimize the risk of diseases and other health problems but they have neglected the most essential element needed for all living things, AIR.

In all developing or developed cities, air pollution levels remains at a dangerously high levels in many parts of the world. Air pollution is an invisible killer that lurks all around us. Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, little did they know that indoor air pollution can also have significant and harmful health effects.

People thought that by staying indoor, keeping their windows closed, turning on their air-condition will prevent and protect themselves from the heavy air pollution. But unfortunately, it have the reversal where indoor pollution is as bad as outdoor pollution. 

There are two main types of air pollution –  ambient air pollution (outdoor pollution) and household (or indoor) air pollution refers to pollution generated by household combustion of fuels (caused by burning fuel such as coal, wood or kerosene) using open fires or basic stoves in poorly ventilated spaces. Both indoor and outdoor air pollution can contribute to each other, as air moves from inside buildings to the outside, and vice versa.

Indoor environments represent a mix of outdoor pollutants prevalently associated with vehicular traffic and industrial activities, which can enter by infiltrations and/or through natural and mechanical ventilation systems, as well as indoor contaminants, which originate inside the building, from combustion sources (such as burning fuels, coal, and wood; tobacco products; and candles), emissions from building materials and furnishings, central heating and cooling systems, humidification devices, moisture processes, electronic equipment, products for household cleaning, pets, and the behavior of building occupants (i.e., smoking, painting, etc.).

Across the world and especially Asia2 both cities and villages are seeing toxic pollutants in the air exceed the average annual values recommended by WHO’s air quality guidelines. The WHO says nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, and it kills 7 million people each year, almost all of them in poor countries in Asia and Africa. About a quarter of deaths from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer can be attributed to air pollution, the WHO says3.

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