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What is Smog?

Date posted: 06/23/2012

by Nadia Ibanez on
in Registration & Titling

1023 What is Smog?

Smog is a type of air pollution caused by a number of factors including:

  • The burning of fossil fuels
  • Power plant emissions
  • Vehicular emissions from cars, buses and trucks; the main source of smog in urban areas

Smog causes:

  • Soot and other pollutants to infiltrate the air
  • Hazy sky conditions
  • Adverse health effects (see below)

Health Effects Caused by Smog

According to healthcare professionals, ground-level ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide – all smog components – are a danger to humans. These various forms of air borne pollutants can cause or vex the following health issues in people of all ages:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Eye and nose irritation
  • Respiratory infection

How Are Smog and the DMV Related?

Vehicles (especially older models) are the leading cause of smog in metropolitan areas. To combat this problem,  many cities, counties, and entire states now require smog tests as part of the car registration process. Your vehicle, if required, must pass a smog inspection before it can be registered (this includes registration renewal, as well).

If your vehicle fails an emissions test, you must have it repaired and re-tested.

How to Improve the Air Quality Around You

There are a few things you can do to reduce the smog in your community:

  • Try driving less. Look into carpooling, riding a bike, walking, or opting for public transportation.
  • Turn off the car’s engine during idling.
  • Take your car in for regular maintenance and get a smog check, even if your state doesn’t require it for vehicle registration.
  • Consider buying a hybrid.

What are you doing to reduce smog and emissions in your community? Share your knowledge by leaving a comment below.

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Since 2006, San Diego resident Nadia Ibanez has inspired others with her words. She has created content and edited copy for luxury print magazines and digital business magazines. She has written about multi-million dollar homes, local artisans, music festivals, travel destinations, health and wellness, and so much more. She has interviewed CEOs of major enterprises and has covered breaking news stories in American technology, social media, retail, hospitality, food, among others. More articles by Nadia Ibanez

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