Today, the problem of air pollution is one of the major threats to the public health. The development of modern technologies, industrialization and the wide use of fossil fuels as the major source of fuels, as well as the use of various chemicals contribute to the growing air pollution. In actuality, the spread of the air pollution is enormous that put under a threat the public health and threatens to the health of people living not only in urban but also in remote areas. In such a situation, the air pollution becomes an overwhelming problem that affect the entire nation. No wonder, today, air pollution is one of the major threats to the public health.
At this point, the vulnerability of the population to the impact of air pollution can hardly be underestimated because people are always exposed to the impact of the air pollution (EPA, 2009). People cannot live without air and, while they are exposed to the impact of the open air, they may suffer from the negative impact of the air pollution. In such a situation, people cannot escape from the impact of their air pollution but they can and have to decrease the air pollution to minimize its negative impact on their health.
In this respect, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the air pollution can lead to the development of numerous health problems (Kehrl, 2004). In actuality, health disorders provoked by the air pollution are diverse but they are extremely dangerous.
One of the most dangerous effects of the air pollution is the development of asthma. People exposed to the impact of the air pollution and emission of greenhouse gas and other emissions can develop asthma (Kehrl, 2004). This is a chronic disease involving difficulty with breathing. However, it is the air pollution that is responsible, to a significant extent, for the development of asthma in the population.
Another disease provoked by the air pollution is cancer. In fact, the air pollution increases the risk of the development of cancer consistently, especially lung cancer (EPA, 2009). Cancer is a very dangerous disease, which can lead to the death of a patient, if it is not diagnosed at the early stage of its development.
In addition, the air pollution can lead to the development of heart and cardiovascular diseases. These diseases are major causes of death. The development of heart and cardiovascular diseases put under the risk the life of people.
In such a situation, children face a higher risk of the development of numerous health problems, including asthma and cardiovascular diseases, than adults. Children are more vulnerable to the negative impact of air pollution on their health because their body is in the process of formation (). If the human body is exposed to the impact of negative environmental factors, such as the air pollution, children develop chronic diseases, such as asthma. In addition, some chemical elements, such as lead, are located low to the ground at the height of children, whereas adults, being higher, are less vulnerable to the impact of these dangerous elements. Therefore, children face higher risks of developing different health problems provoked by the air pollution.
Today, the number of children suffering from asthma and other diseases provoked by air pollution grows. Children are vulnerable to the negative impact of the air pollution and they cannot cope with this problem on their own (Children’s 2010). Their parents also can do next to nothing, if there is no large scale program of the prevention of the negative impact of their air pollution and considerable reduction of the air pollution.
In such a context, the necessity to protect the public health through the reduction of the air pollution becomes obvious. In addition, it is necessary to develop preventive measure and programs, which can minimize not only the negative impact of the air pollution on human health but also stimulate the healthy lifestyle in children to prevent numerous health problems (Children’s 2010). In this regard, the role of the state agencies, health care organizations, social workers, and the entire society is particularly important. In fact, it is through the common efforts of the public, state, and each individual, it is possible to solve the problem of the air pollution and save the health of children and public health at large.
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– The problem of air pollution
spread of the air pollution
vulnerability of the population to the impact of air pollution
– Health disorders provoked by air pollution
heart and cardiovascular diseases
– Children at risk
children are more vulnerable to the negative impact of air pollution on their health
The number of children suffering from asthma and other diseases provoked by air pollution grows
Necessity to protect the public health