Soot are fine black particles, composed of carbon and produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. Incomplete combustion occurs when the supply of air or oxygen is poor. Water is still produced, but carbon monoxide (a very dangerous gas) and carbon are produced instead of carbon dioxide. The carbon is then released as soot.

Soot enters the environment either as a solid particle or as a gas which turns into a particle after it has been released. These particles can end up very far away from their site of origin.

Compounds from soot – sulfur dioxides and nitrogen oxides – combine with moisture to form acid rain, which worsens water quality, damages soil and crops, and changes nutrient balances in various ecosystems.

Soot particles are invisible and you may unknowingly be affected. When soot enters your blood stream, it can cause a wide array of serious health issues, including respiratory issues, shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis (obstruction of the airways), asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and even premature death.

Research has also shown that many premature deaths are directly related to soot in the environment. Many of these deaths were caused by soot-related diseases.
According to Specialists, 6 million Rivers State residents risk cancer of the lung and other respiratory problems.

The Government has a part to play in combating this problem – ensuring that the illegal refineries, the petroleum industries where there is gas flaring is reduced to the minimum and the automobile artisans who burn tires often are controlled. Government should also impose strict punishment for offenders too.

Individuals need to be educated and remain proactive. Some precautions that can be taken include washing your hands as often as possible, covering your food, closing the windows when ventilation is not necessary and using supplements like the Forever Aloe Vera Gel.