Even at low levels ozone can cause health effects you

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Unformatted text preview: any parts of the United States. Even at low levels, ozone can cause health effects. You can take simple steps, described in this pamphlet, to protect your health from ozone. What is ozone? Ozone is a colorless gas found in the air we breathe. Ozone is good or bad, depending where it occurs. is present naturally in the Earth’s upper atmosphere—10 to 30 miles above the Earth’s surface. This natural ozone shields us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Good ozone Children are at higher risk from ozone exposure because: • They often play outdoors in summer when ozone levels are higher. experience chest tightness or pain when taking a deep breath. • Reduce lung function. • Inflame and damage cells that line your lungs. Within • They are more likely to have asthma, which may be aggravated by ozone exposure. • Their lungs are still developing. may be more affected by ozone exposure, possibly because they are more likely to have pre-existing lung disease. Older adults Active people of all ages who exercise or work vigorously outdoors have higher exp...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 520 taught by Professor Asunkis during the Fall '13 term at Black Hills State University.

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