Facts About Air Pollution

  • For the last 15 years, Atlanta has averaged 40 ‘code orange’ days every summer, when health officials warn that “children, people who are sensitive to ozone, and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the afternoon or early evening when ozone levels are highest” (Georgia Environmental Protection Division).
  • Atlanta ranks #2 for the most air pollution from vehicles because of the nitrogen oxide gases that emit from cars tailpipes.
  • The city of Atlanta was named as one of the top 10 asthma capitals in the nation.  According to the American Lung Association of Georgia, 11% of Georgia’s children have asthma, which is almost double the national average. 
  • Albany, Atlanta, and Augusta are the most heavily polluted cities in Georgia.
  • It has effects as small as burning eyes and itchy throat to as large as breathing problems and death.
  • Inhaling the pollution in the air takes away at least 1 to 2 years of a person’s average lifespan.

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