Effects of Fosil Fuel Pollution

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 Respiratory Diseases

According to BBC, it is estimated that air pollution--of which vehicle emissions are the largest contributor--is responsible for 24,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. Car exhaust emissions aggravate existing heart or lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart disease and ischemic heart disease. Particle pollution affects children and the elderly, often causing coughing and shortness of breath.

Cancer

Benzene, one of the pollutants released from car exhausts, has been linked to leukemia. It can also lower the body's immunity, affecting the body's defense against tumors. Polycyclic hydrocarbons, another polluting agent, are also thought to be carcinogenic.

Other Health Hazards

Many pollutants produce harmful effects on the blood and the coronary system. According to the BBC, air pollution causes one in every 50 heart attacks in London. Lead, one of the pollutants, interferes with the normal formation of red blood cells by inhibiting important enzymes. Anemia, which is the shortage of blood cells, can be caused by air pollution as well. Exposure to lead can also lead to behavioral changes. It can also impair mental function, causing problems with learning and memory.

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