Air pollution facts
Air pollution is a Group 1 carcinogen, which means that it is known that exposure to air pollution can lead to the development of certain cancers.
- Outdoor air pollution is a mix of many different pollutants, including very small particles that can get deep into our lungs and even into our blood.
- Air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk. For the most part, it is not a large problem in British Columbia.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012, one in eight of total global deaths was due to air pollution exposure.
Air inside your home can also be polluted. Major sources of indoor air pollution include:
- Second-hand smoke (see our information on tobacco)
- Radon from the ground (see our information on radon)
- Indoor burning of coal or wood
- Chemicals from paint or cleaning products
Exposure to air pollution can increase your chances of developing:
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer