The lungs are part of our respiratory system. Along with the trachea, alveoli, bronchi and diaphragm, they help us breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Lungs can be affected by infection or allergy or may puncture or collapse.
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Topic: Environmental concerns
When asbestos fibres become airborne, people working with asbestos may inhale particles which remain in their lungs.
Aspergillus is a fungus that commonly grows on rotting vegetation. It can cause asthma symptoms.
Low-level exposure to cadmium over a long period of time may cause health effects because cadmium can accumulate in the body.
Passive smoking increases the risk of serious illness in both children and adults.
Prolonged exposure to smog affects the lungs and reduces lung functioning.
The smoke from wood fires can affect air quality and may affect people's health.