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Am I Vulnerable to Air Pollution?

People vulnerable to air pollution are mainly:

  • Those with respiratory problems (asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.)
  • Those who have or have had cardiovascular problems (angina, history of heart attack, etc.)

Such people are likely to react to the harmful effects of air pollution, such as the onset or exacerbation of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms. It is therefore important for them to take extra precautions during periods of poor air quality.

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If you are sensitive to variations in air quality, you can easily find out the Air Quality Health Index anytime, either online or by calling 1 866-688-3810.

With the Air Quality Health Index, you can also:

  • Receive free email, text, or telephone advisories when poor air quality presents an increased health risk
  • Get health tips to protect you from air pollution and help you plan your outdoor activities
  • Remember to bring medication with you when traveling, as the case may be

To learn about the effects of air pollution on your health and find out how to protect yourself, see My Health and Air Pollution.

Sign up for the free Air Quality Health Index Advisory Service.

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