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.