Respiratory disorders caused due to smog

Smog is a common component present in the air of Delhi and highly polluted areas. It is a mixture of Fog and smoke. The components are highly dangerous and can cause deadly diseases like Pneumonia and asthma that directly impact our respiratory system. Major pollutant or contaminant here is the compound emitted by vehicles that is carbon monoxide. It not only impacts humans but can take the lives of innocent street animals too. When inhaled it is as deadly as smoking 45 cigarettes in a day.

Respiratory disorders like pneumonia, cancer, emphysema, etc. are caused due to smog. This component also is also the main cause of COPD disease, disease in which in which you’re trachea and bronchi inflate blocking the air from entering the lungs, mucus also contributes to this causing us to gasp for breath. Hence, it directly impacts the respiratory system.

Comparing before vs now, diseases like cancer never existed but after the industrial revolution which led to the establishment of factories that did not dispose their waste properly it led to enormous pollution affecting the air and water. These also affected animals, humans and plants by impacting their health. This led to a new disease that is known as cancer. Hence, proving that cancer is a manmade disease. Though the government has set regulations for the disposal of waste chemicals for the industries, but their ignorance has created a situation that we are facing today.

Inhaling such air can cause a lot of damage to your body. According to Euro news severe smog has left Chinese breathless and kids born with asthma. The situation is so bad now that people have to wear masks to prevent inhaling contaminated air. If we do not change our habits that pollute the air now it is never  going to be possible to manage the situation after sometime.


My experience with Smog

The surprising fact is that I also have suffered from a viral respiratory disorder known as pneumonia which was worsened by pollution. The disease didn’t allow me to breathe also. This incident occurred in a place called Gurgaon. When I was 5 years old, the air wasn’t bad but when I returned after two years the air was as polluted as Delhi. Though this problem is out of hand it still can be prevented from worsening by using the following strategies,

  • Reduce the number of trips you take in your car.
  • Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
  • Avoid burning leaves, trash, and other materials.
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
  • Use bicycles or walk over short distances.
  • Plant more trees.

By: Rishit
Grade VII – A