How Fine Particulate Matter in the air you breathe ruins your health

    PM2.5 is known to carry toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

    Dr. Hisamuddin Papa

    Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:53

    As a pulmonologist, I see a lot of patients with respiratory problems and air pollution levels in the city concern me. According to newspaper reports, “air pollution is a leading cause of death in India with about 1.1 million premature deaths occurring from air pollution-related diseases in 2015”. It said the long-term exposure to polluted air contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths and to a loss of 103 million healthy years of life in 2015, making air pollution the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure. Over the years that I have been advocating for increased awareness on air pollution, clean air programs and better patient care, I wanted to share, as an expert, the health impacts of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) and why it’s important for citizens to protect themselves.


    Tamil Nadu: Pollution Control Board uses outdated devices, blames pollution on weather

    According to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Chennai air was four times more polluted than last year but the environmentalists claim otherwise.

    October 20, 2017


    Air pollution

    Chennai chokes on Deepavali, air pollution at hazardous levels

    The levels for particulate matter 2.5 was more than 15 times India’s permissible limits.

    Anna Isaac

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 19:01


    What that Diwali smog did to your lungs, heart and body

    Fireworks contain several compounds that on combustion are toxic irritants at best and cancer-causing agents at worst.

    Oct 23, 2017 - 02:30 pm

    Priyanka Vora

    During Diwali last week, residents of the National Capital Region and Mumbai managed to bypass bans on the sale of firecrackers and burst them in celebration of the festival with the usual gusto. Smog filled major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and pollution levels soared.


    Not a cracker of a Diwali for Chennai with pollution touching all-time high

    By Express News Service | Published: 20th October 2017 07:01 AM |

    Last Updated: 20th October 2017 07:01 AM | A+A A- |

    A bird’s eye view of fireworks near Chennai Central;

    CHENNAI: This Diwali proved to be nothing short of an environmental disaster and nightmare for people with respiratory problems. A thick blanket of smog entered homes as pollution levels hit an all-time high posing serious health hazards. Data released by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) shows that Particulate Matter (PM10) was eight times above prescribed levels. The city’s firecrackers hub Sowcarpet recorded a dangerous 777 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) of air of PM10 as against the permissible concentration value of 100.