This article is linked to our first part of this subject “Noxguar Working Toward Your Health And A Better Environment (Part I)“. In that post we mention that several human lives are shortened due to NOx (Nitrous Oxide).
But, what exactly does NOx due to the human body?
According to Icopal Noxite, a british site that is versed on this issue. NOx mainly impacts on respiratory conditions causing inflammation of the airways at high levels. Long term exposure can decrease lung function, increase the risk of respiratory conditions and increase the response to allergens. NOx also contributes to the formation of fine particles (PM) and ground level ozone, both of which are associated with adverse health effects.
Professor Roy Harrison, an environmental health expert at the University of Birmingham in the UK, in his research suggests that the premature deaths from NOx could be 10 times higher than those from exhaust emissions of particles.
NOx has direct and indirect effects on human health, it can cause:
- Breathing problems.
- Chronically reduced lung function.
- Eye irritation.
- Loss of appetite.
- Corroded teeth.
- Allergy problems or complications.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) related to ground level ozone.
- Increased risk of respiratory infections.
- Increased susceptibility to pulmonary inflammation.
It can indirectly affect humans by damaging the ecosystems they rely on in water and on land—harming animals and plants. Also emitted in diesel fumes are solid particles which can:
- Penetrate deep into the lungs and cause cancer.
- Chronic breathing problems.
- Premature death in people with heart or lung disease.
Although these affections can be long term damages, we must try to stop air pollution. Applying strict regulations on diesel engines manufacturers with a very wide range of selective catalytic reduction technologies such as Noxguard DEF, is something that can help improve on this matter.