Air Pollution
Affects Everyone

It kills 7 million people worldwide each year. That’s more death caused by Aids and smoking combined, damaging our health and well-being.

The young and the elderlies are most vulnerable to air pollution. As their lungs and immune system are weaker. Air pollution also has high impact on pregnancy, possibly causing low birth weight, lowering infants’ IQ or even still born.

Exposure to polluted air will lead to various cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, nervous system damages, stroke and even Alzheimer.

Unsafe air contributes to over 2,500 premature deaths in Hong Kong and a range of illnesses. Annually, there are over 170,000 hospital stays and 4 million doctor visits.




The underprivileged has low resilience to air pollution.

Low income communities often do not have choice but to live in polluted area, i.e. near heavy traffic or factories.

Costly medical expense or taking sick leaves would incur significant economic burden to them. Medical expense or having a day off from work may incur significant economic impact to the underprivileged.
What can you do
to protect your family?

Minimize exposure

1. Check your local’s air quality
Avoid outdoor activities when air pollution level is high. Check your local's air quality so you can stay safe www.aqhi.gov.hk. Tell government tighten Air Quality Objectives to meet WHO Standard - so you will really know when the air is safe to breathe.

2. Time outdoor activity
Time your outdoor activities according to the air quality of the day. Usually pollution peaks at late morning and early evening during rush hour.

3. Avoid heavy traffic
Avoid driving during peak times and close window while in traffic. Roadside emission can get into your car, damaging your health.

4. Assess your risk
Consult with your doctor to see if there is any existing conditions make you more susceptible to air pollutions. So you can balance effectively between the risks and benefits of future exposure.

5. Use effective protection
If face mask is needed, choose those with powerful filter that can block fine particulate matter. (Pm2.5 and under)
Reduce your
contribution

Take actions to limit our footprint, many of which also promote exercise and help save money.

1. Clean cooking
Electric gas cooking appliances can contribute to poor indoor air quality, especially when used without an exhaust hood. Check efficiency rating for cook stoves to use models that save money and protect health.

2. Move mindfully
Use public transportation, cycling or walking to get around. Avoid driving private cars if possible.

3. Conserve energy
Turn off lights and electronics not in use. Use LED bulbs, if available, as a non-toxic alternative to CFLs, which contain mercury.

4. Call for change
Call on government to adopt Air Quality Standards that meet WHO guidelines. Support policies that strengthen emissions standards and provide promote a human-centric city planning.
What CAN proposes
  • Air pollution related health risk should be main concern of medical resource allocation

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  • Construct an elderly-friendly community by promoting slower vehicle speed

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