Tired of breathing dirty air? Well, you can help reduce air pollution.
Every time you drive to work or school, use your heater or air conditioner, clean your windows or even style your hair, you make choices that can reduce or increase air pollution.
This pamphlet shows you how to reduce air pollution. When more people make clean air their business, we'll all breathe easier.
In California, about half the air pollution comes from cars and trucks. Twobig ways to reduce air pollution are to drive less, even a little less, and to drive smart. Fewer trips in your car or truck will help cut air pollution. And how you drive can reduce your car's air pollution contribution.
Driving less doesn't mean you have to stay home. Try combining driving with other ways of getting where you want to go:
Driving smart keeps pollution at a minimum:
That's not all. When shopping for your next car...
And if you must drive on days with unhealthy air...
Many products you use in your home, in the yard, or at the office are made with smog-forming chemicals that escape into the air when you use them. Here's a few ways to put a lid on products that pollute:
Saving energy helps reduce air pollution. Whenever you burn a fossil fuel, you pollute the air. Use less gasoline, natural gas, and electricity (power plants burn fossil fuels to generate electricity):
It takes energy to make and sell the products we use. Here are ways to cut energy use, reduce air pollution, and save money.
When you breathe, very small particles such as dust, soot, and acid droplets can slip past your lung's natural defense system. These particles get stuck deep in your lungs and may cause problems increased asthma attacks, more bronchitis and other lung diseases, less resistance to infections, and even premature death for the elderly or people who are already ill. Here are a few things you can do to reduce PM10 pollution and protect yourself:
Air pollution is a problem indoors and out. Most people spend at least 80 percent of their lives indoors. Here are some ways you can reduce pollution in your home, office, or school:
Now that you have read this pamphlet, you know more about reducing air pollution than most people. Try some of the ways described above. It will make a difference. Then, let other people know what you've found out.:
Written by: California Air Resources Board
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