Air quality and health

Be air aware. Know what you're breathing.

Graphic showing health effects of fine particle air pollution and ground level ozone on the human body, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, worsening asthma, COPD, and heart disease.

Exposure to air pollution can affect everyone’s health. When we breathe, pollution enters our lungs and can enter our bloodstream. Air pollution can contribute to small annoyances like coughing or itchy eyes. It can also as cause or worsen many diseases involving the lungs and breathing, leading to hospitalizations, cancer, or even premature death. Minnesota’s air currently meets all federal health standards. However, even levels of air pollution below the standards can affect people’s health, including levels currently found in parts of Minnesota.

Find out what you can do to protect your health and minimize your contribution to air pollution.