Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
Print version ISSN 1806-3713
CANCADO, José Eduardo Delfini et al. Clinical repercussions of exposure to atmospheric pollution. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2006, vol.32, suppl.2, pp. S5-S11. ISSN 1806-3713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132006000800003.
Atmospheric pollution is a topic of extensive discussion the world over. The clinical repercussions of exposure to the principal atmospheric pollutants are summarized herein. According to the American Environmental Protection Agency, air quality standards for these agents are set based on their primary and half-life values. The respiratory effects of the burning of fossil fuels and biomass are succinctly presented, with a special focus on alerting health care professionals of the increased morbidity related to environmental pollution.
Keywords : Respiratory tract diseases [epidemiology]; Environmental exposure; Occupational diseases; Environmental pollution; Environmental health; Air pollutants; Occupational health.