10 Tips to Cope with Air Pollution

Here are a few ways to help you breathe easier

Thailand has been struggling with air pollution in recent years, but this year it seems to have gotten even worse. Major sources of bad air quality in Thailand come from vehicular and industrial emissions, construction activities, and agricultural burning.

As scary as it sounds, exposure to PM2.5 can have significant negative effects on the body, including respiratory and heart disease. Young children, elderly people and those with certain underlying conditions are more susceptible to getting sick.

Therefore, it is crucial for the government to take strong measures to address this issue, such as implementing stricter emission standards for vehicles and industries, promoting the use of clean energy, and enforcing regulations on open burning. Sadly, the government dropped two clean air bills last year—Clean Air Bill by the Thailand Clean Air Network(Thailand CAN) and Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Bill (PRTR)—this indicates they are not yet taking air quality seriously enoughFor now, the best we can do is to take steps to protect ourselves as best as we can from the hazardous smog which still lingers in parts of the kingdom. Below are a few tips to cope with air pollution:



Wear a mask

If you need to go outside, wear a mask to filter out some of the pollutants. Look for masks that are specifically designed to filter out particulate matter such as N95 masks.



Stay indoors

On days when the air quality is poor, it's best to stay indoors and limit your exposure outside. Keep your windows closed and use an air purifier to improve the air quality inside your home.



Exercise indoors

Avoid exercising outdoors. Instead of going for a run in the park, try indoor activities like yoga, stretching or indoor cardio workouts.



Keep your car well-maintained

Car emissions contribute to unhealthy air, so make sure your car is well-maintained and its emissions are in check.



Avoid smoking

Don't allow anyone to smoke indoors, smoking cigars or other tobacco products can worsen the effects of air pollution on your health. Support measures to make all public places tobacco-free.



Use less energy at home

Generating electricity and other sources of energy creates air pollution. By reducing energy use, you can help improve air quality, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and save money!



Use air purifiers

Although purifiers aren’t able to capture all of the pollutants and particles, investing in a quality air purifier at home can help maintain good indoor air quality. Many air purifiers feature HEPA filters that capture particles, including dust, pollen, and some mould spores.



Stay hydrated

Air pollution can cause dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.



Stay informed

Monitor air quality levels by using applications like IQAir, and plan your activities accordingly. If the air quality is poor, try to limit your time outside or plan indoor activities instead.



Push politicians to take air quality seriously

With elections just around the corner, vote carefully for those you think might take this issue seriously and have the courage to pass legislation to tackle the problem.