Impacts of ozone
Ozone at high concentrations is a health hazard because it can irritate airways, cause breathing difficulties and damage lungs. It can also trigger asthma attacks.
Some people are more vulnerable than others. Children and people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses are particularly high-risk groups.
Ozone also has serious ecological and economic effects. It can damage vegetation and reduce crop yields. Consequently, the costs of ozone pollution are of major concern for national health services, farmers, foresters and others.
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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