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How Indoor Air Pollutants Affect the Body
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In 1985, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that toxic chemicals found in the air of almost every American home are three times more likely to cause some type of cancer than outdoor pollutants. Two years later, the Indoor Air Quality Act of 1987 was first introduced to Congress to address the pervasive problem of indoor air pollution. A number of indoor air problems were concurrently associated with "sick building syndrome"--a term used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but with no specific illness or cause identified. This poster from the ALA responds to these problems by using an anatomical illustration of "How Indoor Air Pollutants Affect the Body." By diagramming the physiological effects of specific chemicals, this poster, funded by industrial giant Honeywell Incorporated, functions as an important educational and diagnostic tool for employers and employees alike. The anatomical imagery is used to demonstrate how the unsuspecting person can be affected by exposure to airborne pollutants. This lends a degree of scientific authority to the information provided.
NOTE: Slide of original poster image is slightly blurry.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (688,085 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
ca. 1987
American Lung Association
Original Repository: History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection
This image may also be accessed from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
IHM Order Number: A025596
American Lung Association
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Air Pollution
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Air Pollution
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Environmental Health
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