Diesel emissions are harmful to health


Diesel emissions are a known cause of lung cancer and are linked to asthma and other health problems. Children can be more vulnerable to harm from diesel emissions.

A known human carcinogen, diesel emissions can contribute to significant health problems.

According to Health Canada, exposure to diesel emissions can increase the risk of:

  • lung cancer
  • lung problems, including worsening of asthma symptoms
  • heart problems
  • allergy symptoms

Scientists have also linked diesel emissions to:

  • central nervous system effects
  • reproductive and developmental effects

Diesel emissions are harmful to everyone, and children can be more vulnerable.

Diesel emissions, like other fossil fuel emissions, can harm human health and well-being indirectly by contributing to climate change.