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Outdoor air pollution and the lungs - Fact Sheet for Adults & Children

The average adult breathes over 15 cubic metres of air every day. Although pollutants in the air are often invisible, they can have serious effects on our health, including the lungs, the heart and other organ systems, and the developing foetus. This factsheet aims to provide you with the answers to many questions you may have about outdoor air pollution and your lungs.

The following factsheets are made for adults as well as children in English, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, and Russian.

Last updated on 29 June 2011

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