19. Exposure to air pollution can be harmful to your lungs.
It’s no secret that air pollution is dangerous. Smoggy air, and the particulates in it, can also lead to cancer. Many components of air pollution have already been classified as carcinogens. However, for the first time, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified outdoor air pollution as a whole as a cancer-causing agent. Particulate matter – a significant part of outdoor air pollution – can increase lung and bladder cancer risk.
The inhalation of soot has also been linked to lung, esophageal, and bladder cancers. While we can’t just breathe less, we can still take action to protect ourselves and future generations. By supporting higher regulatory standards on industries that cause the most pollution and standing behind clean energy and improved mass transit, you can help reduce the risk of air pollution.