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Article: Air quality as a public health problem in Hong Kong: measuring the risks

TitleAir quality as a public health problem in Hong Kong: measuring the risks
Authors
KeywordsAir pollution
Health risk
Issue Date1994
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association.
Citation
Journal of the Hong Kong Medical Association, 1994, v. 46 n. 1, p. 19-26 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong has an air quality problem with excess levels of such air pollutants as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates and ozone, occurring from time to time throughout the year. This paper outlines the sources of the major pollutants in Hong Kong, both natural and manmade, and examines the health risks to the Hong Kong population from exposure to such pollutants. The principle man-made sources of these pollutants are mainly diesel vehicle emissions, and high sulphur content fuels burnt in industrial furnaces and power plants. There is concern over levels of these pollutants in ambient air because of their relationship with respiratory health problems, which range from local irritation of the respiratory tract to carcinogenesis. Studies in Hong Kong also demonstrate the importance of environmental tobacco smoke in the home as a cause of children's respiratory health problems, in addition to poor air quality. Epidemiological studies are useful tools for identifying risks and for evaluating the effectiveness of preventive measures, including legislation. In particular we need to identify health risks to young children and the preventable fraction likely to be achieved from different interventions. For optimum effectiveness, a multisectoral approach, developed between regulatory agencies, pubic health authorities and research groups, is needed to contribute to the overall respiratory health of the community.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53540
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dc.contributor.authorPeters, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHedley, AJen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-03T07:22:42Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-03T07:22:42Z-
dc.date.issued1994en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Hong Kong Medical Association, 1994, v. 46 n. 1, p. 19-26en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1010-8424en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53540-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong has an air quality problem with excess levels of such air pollutants as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates and ozone, occurring from time to time throughout the year. This paper outlines the sources of the major pollutants in Hong Kong, both natural and manmade, and examines the health risks to the Hong Kong population from exposure to such pollutants. The principle man-made sources of these pollutants are mainly diesel vehicle emissions, and high sulphur content fuels burnt in industrial furnaces and power plants. There is concern over levels of these pollutants in ambient air because of their relationship with respiratory health problems, which range from local irritation of the respiratory tract to carcinogenesis. Studies in Hong Kong also demonstrate the importance of environmental tobacco smoke in the home as a cause of children's respiratory health problems, in addition to poor air quality. Epidemiological studies are useful tools for identifying risks and for evaluating the effectiveness of preventive measures, including legislation. In particular we need to identify health risks to young children and the preventable fraction likely to be achieved from different interventions. For optimum effectiveness, a multisectoral approach, developed between regulatory agencies, pubic health authorities and research groups, is needed to contribute to the overall respiratory health of the community.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.rightsJournal of the Hong Kong Medical Association. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAir pollutionen_HK
dc.subjectHealth risken_HK
dc.titleAir quality as a public health problem in Hong Kong: measuring the risksen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1010-8424&volume=46&issue=1&spage=19&epage=26&date=1994&atitle=Air+quality+as+a+public+health+problem+in+Hong+Kong:+measuring+the+risksen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHedley, AJ: hrmrajh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros1091-

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