Most gas-powered lawn and garden equipment emit copious amounts of toxic and carcinogenic substances that include ozone-forming chemicals — volatile organic compounds like benzene and nitrogen oxides — as well as carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter. Here are some of the important resources that speak to the health effects of these emissions.
Fact Sheets and Flyers
- Fact Sheet: Gas Leaf Blowers by Quiet Communities, Inc. (2019). A fully referenced set of facts on gas leaf blowers and their impacts, last revised 2/28/19.
- Particle Pollution and Health (2012). A 3-page fact sheet from the EPA describing the thousands of studies showing fine particle pollution is harmful to health.
- Protect Yourself: 10 Tips (2017). Recommendations from the American Lung Association on how to protect your lungs from air pollution. One recommendations is to avoid the use of gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
- Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution (2015). An educational flyer from the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, and US Environmental Protection Agency with recommendations on reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke from outdoor air pollution.
- Danger in the Air: Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease (2014). A fact sheet from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association on fossil fuels as a major source of air pollution and a cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Noisy, But That’s Not All: Leaf Blowers Flagged as Prodigious Polluters — And Possible Health Threat (2017). This detailed investigative journalism report explores emissions from gas powered leaf blowers and other gas-powered lawn and garden engines and focused on the dangers to workers. Statements from with workers and health experts attest to the dangers from the emissions. An independent test of several commercial gas leaf blowers show excessive levels of ultrafine particle emissions. A TV broadcast covers much the same ground and features health experts at California health and environmental agencies.