Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ban Diesel-Exhaust!

Health effects of diesel exhaust:
- Coughs and phlegm
- Lightheadedness, nausea
- Increased susceptibility to allergens like dust or pollen
- Irritation of eyes, nose, throat and lungs
- Inflammation of lungs, and increased asthma attacks
- Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Lowered resistance to respiratory infection
- Macrophages overwhelmed by particles result in immune reactions that cause inflammation and 'sticky' blood, increasing risk of clots and both heart and lung disease
- Mutations in chromosomes and damage to DNA
- For people exposed chronically to 1µg/m3 of diesel exhaust, a rate of lung cancer in the range of 34 to 650 people per million
Possible cause of multiple chemical sensitisation, leading to changes in red and white blood cells, bleeding, liver damage, and degeneration of the nervous system.

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