Why Children are at Greater Risk
Children's bodies are different:
- Respiratory and central nervous systems are still developing.
- Breathing rate is faster than adults, causing more of the pollutant to get to their lungs.
- Airways are smaller.
- Rapid development and immaturity of body organs and systems make them more susceptible to toxic effects of chemicals.
Children's activities are different:
- They spend more time outdoors.
- Play is often high-energy, increasing breathing rates by as much as ten times.
- They play outdoors most in the summer, when ozone pollution is greatest.
- Hand to mouth contact is more frequent, exposing children to toxins through ingestion.
- They may not stop playing even if breathing becomes difficult.
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