RISING AIR POLLUTION: DEMAND ACTION-DRIVEN ADVOCACY AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE FOR HEALTHER LIVES
Air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting the developing and the developed countries alike. The effects of air pollution on health are very complex as there are many different sources and their individual effects vary from one to the other. It is not only the ambient air quality in the cities but also the indoor air quality in the rural and the urban areas that are causing concern. In fact in the developing world the highest air pollution exposures occur in the indoor environment. Air pollutants that are inhaled have serious impact on human health affecting the lungs and the respiratory system; they are also taken up by the blood and pumped all-round the body. These pollutants are also deposited on soil, plants, and in the water, further contributing to human exposure. (1) Governments alone are not responsible for addressing such issues and health care professionals (HCPs) need to consider whether their duty of care should extend beyond normal clinical boundaries. When considering the ethics around the generation and effects of air pollution, especially in relation to justice and health care, actions taken by HCPs (e.g. in a country such as India) potentially extend beyond treating individual patients one-at-a-time for toxic effects of emissions and include advocating on behalf of others. (2) This paper covers the health impacts arising from ambient and household air pollution globally and at the national level (India) and recommends policy measures to reduce the health impact from air pollution in the national context. (3) Community health advocacy is also considered as of the main tasks of public health. Health professionals try to solve health problems with effective strategies. One of them is, specifically, community health advocacy. To act on health problems in the global context, participation and communitarian perspective is a choice. In addition to this behaviour change towards healthier lives by modifications in specific practices pertaining to rationale use of energy, water, cooking etc. is crucial for quality of life.
2. Air pollution in India: questions of advocacy and ethics [Internet]. 2018 [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
3. Teriin.org. Air Pollution and Health [Internet]. 2015 [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
4. Epublications.bond.edu.au. Air pollution in India: Questions of advocacy and ethics [Internet]. 2017 Nov [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
5. Gil D. Community health advocacy [Internet]. 2004 [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
6. Widgets.weforum.org. Rising pollution in the developing world - Outlook on the Global Agenda [Internet].2015 [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
7. India takes steps to curb air pollution [Internet]. 2016 [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
8. Marchwinska Wyrwal E, Dziubanek G, Hajok I, Rusin M, Oleksiuk K, Kubasiak M. Impact of Air Pollution on Public Health [Internet]. 2011 Sept [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
9. Environment.gov.scot. Air Quality, Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour [Internet]. 2015Aug [Cited on 2018 Mar 12]. Available from:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
The International Journal of Drug Regulatory affairs require a formal written transfer of copyright from the author(s) for each article published. We therefore ask you to complete and return this form, retaining a copy for your records. Your cooperation is essential and appreciated. Any delay will result in a delay in publication.
I/we have read and agree with the terms and conditions stated Page 2 of this agreement and I/we hereby confirm the transfer of all copyrights in and relating to the above-named manuscript, in all forms and media, now or hereafter known, to the International Journal of Drug Regulatory affairs, effective from the date stated below. I/we acknowledge that the IJDRA is relying on this agreement in publishing the above-named manuscript. However, this agreement will be null and void if the manuscript is not published in the IJDRA.
Download link for COPYRIGHT FORM