Breathing traffic-related pollution poses a severe health risk for people around the world, particularly those who live and work in cities. The Health Effects Institute (HEI) has just released a new 2-page fact sheet that provides a clear and concise overview of HEI’s comprehensive Special Report 23 published in 2022 – the largest review to date of the scientific literature on traffic-related air pollution’s global public health impact.

The fact sheet summarizes timely issues such as

  • Historically marginalized communities bearing an outsized health burden from congested roadways
  • The paradox of pollution levels rising despite technological advances helping reduce vehicle emissions 
  • The status of policymaking aimed at improving air quality and health, and the significant challenges that lie ahead