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What are some harmful air pollutants?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
The outdoor air pollutants of greatest concern to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Other less regulated pollutants of concern include volatile organic compounds, dioxins, asbestos and particulate matter. While data exists to correlate increased amounts of each of these pollutants to increased mortality rates, particulate matter is now believed to be a major source of increased death and disability rates in the United States and around the world. While the United States thankfully spends literally hundreds of millions of dollars on ozone reductions, particulate matter, especially in the 2.5 micron range or smaller (referred to as "PM 2.5") is quietly responsible for the death of a hundred times more people and disability of even greater numbers.
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