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Rev Esp Quimioter 2022; March 11

Air pollution and health prevention: A document of reflection

EMILIO BOUZA, FRANCISCO VARGAS, BERNARDINO ALCÁZAR, TERESA ÁLVAREZ, ÁNGEL ASENSIO, GLORIA CRUCETA, DIEGO GRACIA, JESÚS GUINEA, MIGUEL ANGEL GIL, CRISTINA LINARES, PATRICIA MUÑOZ, EDUARDO OLIER, PAULINO PASTOR, MARÍA LUISA PEDRO-BOTET, XAVIER QUEROL, JAVIER TOVAR, ISABEL URRUTIA, FELIPE VILLAR, ESTEBAN PALOMO

Published: 11 March 2022

http://www.doi.org/10.37201/req/171.2022

Ambient air quality, pollution and its implication on health is a topic of enormous importance that is normally dealt with by major specialists in their particular areas of interest. In general, it is not discussed from multidisciplinary approaches or with a language that can reach everyone. For this reason, the Health Sciences Foundation, from its prevention area, has formulated a series of questions to people with very varied competences in the area of ambient air quality in order to obtain a global panorama of the problem and its elements of measurement and control. The answers have been produced by specialists in each subject and have been subjected to a general discussion that has allowed conclusions to be reached on each point. The subject was divided into three main blocks: external ambient air, internal ambient air, mainly in the workplace, and hospital ambient air and the consequences of its poor control. Along with the definitions of each area and the indicators of good and bad quality, some necessary solutions have been pointed out. We have tried to know the current legislation on this problem and the competences of the different administrations on it. Despite its enormous importance, ambient air  uality and health is not usually a topic of frequent presence in the general media and we have asked about the causes of this. Finally, the paper addresses a series of reflections from the perspective of ethics and very particularly in the light of the events that the present pandemic raises. This work aims to provide objective data and opinions that will enable non-specialists in the field to gain a better understanding of this worrying reality.

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