Towarzystwo na rzecz Ziemi (The Society for the Earth) and Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot (The Workshop for All Beings) invite you to a Healthy Lungs Day in Ostrołęka. You will be able to have your lungs examined for free and listen to expert lectures on the impact of air pollution on the respiratory system. The goal of the campaign is to draw people’s attention to the problem of smog and its harmful effects on our health.
Place: Galeria Alius, Gen. Augusta Emila Fieldorfa „Nila” street, 11
February 7, 2018, 11 am.
The health of our lungs is greatly influenced by smog caused by dust pollution. It is invisible to the eye but deadly, which is why specialists in the field of respiratory diseases call it the "silent killer". Breathing air with high concentrations of suspended PM2,5 and PM10, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides as well as ozone and carbon monoxide increases the risk of bronchial asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and chronic pneumonia. Smog kills also in Ostrołęka. The emission of harmful dust concerns household furnaces, but also pollutants from the chimneys of coal-fired power plant. You can check the current air quality in the city on this site: smog.moja-ostroleka.pl.
Spirometry helps detect major respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD (pulmonary obstruction). The test is painless, requires no preparation and takes only several minutes. It is addressed to people of all ages who are exposed to dusty air conditions.
"Poor air quality increases the risk of respiratory and circulatory system diseases and even cancer. High short-term dust concentrations, commonly called smog, increase the risk of hospitalization, more sick days, more frequent visits to doctors. These effects can be counted and presented as the so-called external health costs. The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution in Poland generates 101.8 billion dollars of external health costs" says Łukasz Adamkiewicz, a specialist in the field of economic and social consequences of air pollution.
11am – 5 pm: free spirometry test in a mobile clinic (parking next to the shopping mall)
5 pm– 5:45 pm: lectures by experts:
Participation in the examination and lectures is free of charge.
More information (in Polish) about the risks associated with the emission of harmful pollutants: elektrowniaostroleka.com
Radosław Ślusarczyk, Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot, tel. 660 538 329; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Wawręty, Towarzystwo na rzecz Ziemi, tel. 508 585 130, e-mail: email@example.com