In Canada, we spend the majority of our time indoors. We're also becoming aware of the harmful effects of indoor air pollution on our health. When indoor ventilation is limited, pollution can accumulate inside, sometimes reaching higher concentrations than what we find outside. This is why it's important for you to know something about it so you can better protect yourself.
To understand its impact on your health, researchers have examined indoor air quality in homes, schools and the workplace. In particular, Health Canada has identified second-hand tobacco smoke as an important factor influencing your health.
The Canadian government has responded by being the first country to develop guidelines covering various indoor air pollutants. Some of these pollutants, such as fine airborne particles and gases like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, are also found outdoors.
Effects on Your Health
Air pollution can:
Some Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Children, people with heart and lung disease, and seniors may be especially sensitive to air pollution.
NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS INCREASE AS AIR POLLUTION WORSENS
For More Information
Consult your health care provider if you have concerns about the effects of air pollution on your health or that of your children.
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Source: Health Canada © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2002