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We all know that air pollution is bad for our lungs and aggravates asthma, but new research recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows that it might cause severe mental health problems, too.
Mice younger than two months old who were exposed to tiny particles in the air showed brain damage consistent with brain changes in people suffering from autism and schizophrenia. This suggests that air pollution might irritate the brains of fetuses and babies, causing irreversible damage to their cognitive functioning.
We have all noticed an increase in juvenile mental health problems, and this study suggests that air pollution might be a factor in that. Please sign the petition to urge the U.S. Federal Government to enforce environmental protection laws more seriously to prevent mental health problems in our nation's young people.