Outdoor Air Pollution and Adolescent: Upcoming Public Health Issue

Sunil Mehra, Gulnoza Usmanova, Jagannath Behera


Background: In India, as in the rest of the world, young people face several challenges to their well-being. One of the important challenges is air pollution; however, the impact of air pollution on adolescents’ health is not fully explored.

Objective: This article represents an attempt to explore impact of air pollution on adolescents’ health through available width of information.

Method: For this study we utilized the rapid review methodology that allows comprehensive review of the literature that describes urgent public health issue in the relatively short period.

Result: It has been found that air pollution not only leads respiratory ailments of adolescents, but also has an impact on cardiovascular system, development of hyperactivity disorder, cancer, and many other conditions. Moreover, exposure to air pollution could increase susceptibility to chronic diseases later in life. This article can play a key part in raising the awareness of adolescents’ health issues related to air pollution, initiate discussions and actions on preventing future damaging health effect for this subset of population.


Air pollution, Adolescent, Evidence, Health, Migration

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