Heat and sunlight mixed with the pollution from tailpipes, smokestacks and other sources create ozone. Ozone is the most widespread air pollutant and can cause health problems like wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks and even premature death. Exposure to ozone pollution has been likened to “a sunburn on the lungs.”
“Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution in New Hampshire and this year, EPA has an opportunity to set stricter standards on tailpipe emissions and to mandate cleaner burning gasoline,” said Lee Gilman, Senior Director of Health Promotion and Public Policy at the American Lung Association in New Hampshire. “It is important for New Hampshire residents to let EPA know that these standards, which are equivalent to taking 33 million cars off the road, are vital to protecting public health. Introducing these new parameters would one cost about a penny per gallon. While the need for cleaner emissions from fuel-based sources is very present, we also need EPA to update its ozone standards so that they reflect scientific standards not the politically based standards that are currently in place.”
The air quality information provided is based on data made available to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The American Lung Association app is available for iPhone in the App Store and for Android in Google Play or at lung.org/stateoftheairapp.