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Air Quality


Air pollution, caused by natural and manmade sources, can cause serious health problems.

Air pollution can occur indoors, outdoors, in the city, the country, at leisure or at work. 

Clean air is a basic requirement of human health and wellbeing.  Environments should improve not harm our health.

 

What are the sources of air pollution?

Transport and home heating are two common sources of air pollution in New Zealand however sources are wide and varied.  Some common forms of air pollution come from manufacturing processes and combustion processes such as fuel burning wood burning, chemical processing, paints, household cleaning agents and agri-chemicals. 

 

Health risks

Air pollution can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs. Burning eyes, cough and chest tightness are common with exposure to high levels of air pollution.

People who have heart disease, such as angina (chest pain), or lung disease, such as asthma or emphysema, may be very sensitive to air pollution exposure, and may notice symptoms when others do not.


Further information

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service's Health Protection Officers provide information and advice to other agencies, businesses and the public on the adverse effects of poor air quality.  Contact us for more information.

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