Sulfur dioxide belongs to the family of gases called sulfur oxides. These gases are formed when fuel containing sulfur (mainly coal and oil) is burned, and during metal smelting and other industrial processes.
The major health concerns associated with exposure to high concentrations of sulfur dioxide include effects on breathing
, respiratory illness, alterations in pulmonary defenses, and aggravation of existing cardiovascular disease
. Children, the elderly, and people with asthma
, cardiovascular disease or chronic lung disease
(such as bronchitis
), are most susceptible to adverse health effects associated with exposure to sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is a precursor to sulfates, which are associated with acidification of lakes and streams, accelerated corrosion of buildings and monuments, reduced visibility, and adverse health effects.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of sulfer dioxide exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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