Diesel and Asthma

Diesel Exhaust and Asthma

Diesel exhaust ranks among the air pollutants that EPA believes pose the greatest public health risks. Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause lung damage and respiratory problems. Diesel exhaust can also exacerbate asthma and existing allergies, and long-terms exposure is thought to increase the risk of lung cancer.

How are Children Affected? 

Air pollution from diesel vehicles has health implications for everyone, but children may be more susceptible to this pollution because they breathe 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults.  Diesel exhaust contains small particles, known as fine particulate matter, as well as smog-forming and toxic air pollutants.  Exposure to these pollutants is associated with increased frequency of childhood illnesses and can trigger asthma episodes.