Crackers are connected to pollution in multiple ways:
a. Air Pollution: When fireworks are ignited, they release various chemicals and particulate matter into the air. These pollutants can include sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and fine particles, which can lead to respiratory problems and contribute to smog formation. b. Noise Pollution: Firecrackers produce loud, sudden noises that can exceed safe noise levels. Prolonged exposure to such noise can lead to hearing damage, stress, and anxiety. c. Light Pollution: The bright and colorful lights from fireworks can contribute to light pollution, disrupting the natural night environment and affecting wildlife behavior.
The health implications of crackers include:
a. Respiratory Issues: The pollutants released by fireworks can irritate the respiratory system, exacerbating conditions like asthma and bronchitis. b. Cardiovascular Effects: Firework-related air pollutants can trigger cardiovascular issues, particularly in individuals with preexisting heart conditions. c. Hearing Damage: Loud noise from crackers can cause hearing impairment, tinnitus, and increased stress levels. d. Psychological Effects: The sudden and frequent explosions can induce anxiety, especially in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
According to Raj Vardhan OSD Chairman, NIIMS Hospital, Noida International University ban on crackers can help by:
a. Reducing Air and Noise Pollution: A ban can significantly decrease the release of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and mitigate noise pollution, protecting public health. b. Preventing Health Issues: By reducing exposure to fireworks-related pollutants and loud noises, the ban can prevent exacerbation of respiratory, cardiovascular, and psychological conditions. c. Enhancing Overall Well-being: A ban on crackers can contribute to a healthier and more peaceful environment, promoting general well-being and reducing stress levels. d. Protecting Vulnerable Populations: Children, the elderly, and individuals with existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of crackers. A ban can safeguard their health. It’s important to note that health impacts may vary from person to person. If you have concerns about your health or the health of someone you know regarding firecracker use, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance.