Gas powered leaf blowers and other gas powered lawn and garden equipment use two-cycle and four-cycle gasoline engines.  These engines do not have the same pollution controls that have been standard on automobiles for decades.  These small engines produce hundreds of times more pollutants than automobiles and are quickly becoming one of the largest sources of air pollution in the country.  That smell is not just annoying – it is dangerous.  Leaf blowers also produce high levels of noise that can cause permanent hearing loss, and the dust clouds they produce can be filled with toxic chemicals, fertilizers, pollen, small particulates and other harmful substances.  The health risks are greatest for the operators of this equipment, but studies show they pose dangers to anyone nearby – especially children and the elderly.  Eliminating gas powered leaf blowers would help reduce many public health problems, including:
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Decreased biodiversity
  • Hearing loss
  • Lung cancer
  • Premature births
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart attacks
For more information, please see the articles listed below.

Air Pollution and Health Articles

Noise Pollution and Health Articles

Emissions and Health Articles