The Southeast Asian region has been constantly plagued by issues of haze. This phenomenon is attributed to the congregation of particles of dust and smoke which limit the sky’s visibility preventing any sunlight from penetrating through the thick foggy atmosphere.
In the 1990s, countries in the ASEAN region came together to draft the Regional Haze Action Plan which eventually led to the signing of the Trans-boundary Haze Pollution agreement where each signatory country agreed to abide by. However, the issue of haze still persists.
The health hazards associated with haze are mainly due to the irritation caused by the fine particles of dust in the respiratory tract. The effects of haze on one’s health could be measured in terms of the Pollution Standard Index (PSI). This index is an indication of not only the severity of the atmospheric phenomenon but will also be an indication of one’s ability to bear with the pollution. Those who are prone to bouts of asthma and hay fever experience a dry cough, irritation in the eyes and the most common irritant of haze in the form of sneezing. However, the effects of haze on the health of the general public is rarely considered as a cause for worry.
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