Air Pollution

  • Donald Vesley


Ambient community air pollution has long been at the forefront of environmental health concerns. It is high on the list of “outrage factor” complaints because the right to breathe healthy air is considered sacred, and the public discerns little individual control over air quality. Air pollution is defined as foreign substances in the air which have an adverse effect on human health, animals or plants, or are damaging to property. As we shall see, the association between air pollution and human health is often unclear for the same reasons that the relationship between the environment and human health in general is unclear, as discussed in Chapter 1: few direct, acute effects and uncertain long-term, chronic effects.


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An historic report detailing the investigation of the Donora, Pennsylvania, acute air pollution incident of 1948 is

  1. U.S. Public Health Service. 1949. “Air Pollution in Donora, PA: Epidemiology of the Unusual Smog Episode of October, 1948.” Public Health Bulletin No. 306.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Vesley
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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