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Smoke Belching and the Environment

Updated on January 13, 2013

Smoke belching
is the forceful expulsion of smoke from the vehicle’s pipe. This is the number one major contributor to air pollution. Laws were passed to stop smoke belching and full force exerted to further protect the environment from air pollution. But somehow, people just ignored it and still do whatever they wished to do.

Heavy dark smoke forcefully spits out from the pipes of vehicles is very dangerous to our health. It’s like breathing poison that we knew could kill us one day.

Since drivers really save even a cent to buy clean diesel or motor oil, what they do is they tend not to change it for some quite period of it.

So what are the causes of smoke belching in vehicles?

  • Using low quality and used/unclean oils.
  • The overloading of vehicles.
  • Improper maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Improper way of driving like overspeeding.
  • Weak vehicle engine (engine not appropriate for the size of vehicle).

Smoke belching really needs to be reduced if not totally stopped. Air pollution alone already killed thousands of people in this planet. Are you going to wait for the time when you will become one of the victims of this harmful pollution?

There are so many campaigns and ways the government is forcing to every citizen just to minimize or reduce the air pollution we are experiencing these days.

Authorities continue to call on transport sector to also give their fair share in reducing air pollution.


Smoke belching can be prevented and it will only take a care and consideration to the environment of the person who are part of transport sector:

  • Use only clean motor oil and diesel.
  • Avoid over speeding or driving too fast with your vehicle.
  • Do not overload your vehicle by any means. Carry only what is entitled weight load of your vehicle.
  • Always make sure that the engine matches the size of the vehicle.
  • Have your vehicle tuned up and change the oil regularly.
  • Always clean the vehicle’s air filter.
  • Submit your vehicle for smoke emission tests.
  • Do not leave the vehicle in idle mode for a long time.
  • Do not adjust the “governor” of your engine if you have no knowledge about it. Instead let motor shops do it for you. Inappropriate adjustment can lead to improper combustion.
  • Encourage other citizens to stop smoke belching.



To the Environment:

Dark heavy smoke coming from the exhaust of vehicles contributes to the increase of Smog, which is the fog-like smoke that blankets cities and other areas with so much pollution. It makes the view of skylines very vague.

Smoke belching also contributes to acid rain, which can really harm forest and trees as well as polluting existing table water. Acid rain occurs when the chemical composition of water changes due to chemicals from pollutants, and it becomes acidic. Not only it would affect plant and trees, it also makes the soil acidic.

Global warming is also caused by air pollution, which occurs by the excess of carbon dioxide in the air. Through smoke belching and other human activities, those chemicals reach the atmosphere and eventually cause changes to ozone levels.

To Human Beings:

As human beings, we need clean, fresh air to breathe. So when the air we breathe becomes polluted, numerous illnesses will arise. The main disease caused by air pollution is respiratory problems, and may depend on the level of exposure to polluted air.

People suffer from asthma and other respiratory issues will have more difficulty when exposed to pollution due to the contamination and toxicity of the air and may trigger a deeper condition. Long period of exposure may also cause cancers and emphysema.

By cooperating and following rules imposed to us on the proper etiquette on driving and proper maintenance of vehicles, we can save environment as well as hundreds or maybe thousands of life.

The only way that we can save environment from air pollution is to plant more trees that can absorb carbon dioxide and exchange it for purer oxygen. People need to refrain in doing even small things that can cause more pollution on their vehicles. If we all heed and change our ways, I’m sure that our environment will change for the better.

Let’s Paint the World Green!

© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.


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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      aubrey, thank you so much for reading!

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      AE Williams 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Awesome work! I love this! :) You're really an inspiration to everyone. There's nothing wrong with getting the environment better.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Running dear, sad to say it does. And Im so glad that you find it informative and glad that you take time to read the tips and what contributes to air pollution.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Mary, thanks for the visit. it makes me sick of that smell too. very major issue of today's society.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Keith, thanks for the visit. Yes, all those things have price. i may not be able to change the whole thing but im glad that i am not contributing to it by doing the best thing that i can do and alternatives.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      oh so that was Fui Ting was saying.. slash and burn is much worst than logging. don't know why people don't just think of's all about money now. :(

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      6 years ago from Iowa

      I didn't know that speeding causes air pollution too. I am guilty. I'll try to watch the speed from now on, otherwise, I check out clean! I hate air pollution, and littering, and people who use plastic bags. I wish the whole country would ban plastic bags like Hawaii. Thanks for the hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I don't understand if diesel is so clean, how come it stinks so bad when you get behind a truck that uses it? That smell makes me sick.

      Air pollution is a real concern.

      I voted this Hub UP, shared.

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      6 years ago

      As we press on with our technological advances, the more we have to sacrifice and, so far, the one thing we have sacrificed since the industrial revolution was clean, breathable air. I wonder what our air would be like in 100 years time if we continue exhausting the same amount of smoke...

      overall, great job and very informative! Just tweeted!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      At around this time of year, in Singapore, we experience the Haze, which comes about because of the slash and burn of the forests in Indonesia. Companies do this as a cheap alternative to logging. And it creates a lot of smog, that floats all the way to other nations in SEA. Sometimes, it's really bad. Not easy to stop unless the education on the subject goes through! Thanks for Sharing, and I share too.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi alicia! Oh thank you so much and Im glad that you found this article informative :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Rosemay, thank you so much for the visit. Yes, everyone should be doing this and not to forget simple things that could save the environment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never heard of the term "smoke belching" before. It's a very descriptive term! Thank you for another important hub about how humans are damaging our planet, unknown spy, and for the list of ways to prevent smoke belching.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You have written some really good and useful hubs lately. Offering some wonderful solutions and great advice on ways to protect our world. This hub is awesome because it is something everyone should be doing anyway.

      It is wonderful to see just how much you care.


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Deb Welch, Vinaya, Nanccy, Deb, Tom, Dianna, Mhatter, KJ force,:

      Thank you guys for supporting and sharing this hub to raise awareness to others who still do smoke belching.. we need to consider environment too for the sake of our future...

      Yes, it's been environmental issues I have posted lately because I do realized that even in simple ways we can save Earth and our future generations :)

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      6 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy...OMG.. please excuse, but when I first saw the title...

      smoke,belch,environment, I thought you were speaking of my better half..sorry...seriously though, you are correct as society is destroying the environment and it's killing Mother Earth..I give space for the " weeds" of the world by giving them a place of refuge..they are almost always green, rain or shine..Great hub..kudos have a great week-end..

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Bless you!!! You see what my little comments were hiding? Oil companies don't want us to dwell on this. Check out the smog related deaths.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      It is my belief that this is the cause for the increase of asthma in our country. In the industrial parts of our nation, doctors see lots of patients who suffer from respiratory ailments due to smog and smoke belching. Great hub post and of high interest! Voted up.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. Your have tackled some great subjects in your last few hubs and this one tight up there with the others. Thanks for making everyone aware of the problems of the ozone and now air pollution. These are important subjects to write about and you have done it awesomely.

      Vote up and more !!!

      Have a great weekend my friend !

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You said it, Mycee. I only miss owning a car occasionally. To be honest, I don't miss the insurance, high gas prices, and payments. And oh, yes, the maintenance, just like you are stressing.

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      In my state, it is mandatory to have pollution control filters on your car. This needs to be world-wide.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Unknown spy, you online hubs are developing into very useful and informative online contents. I read about ozone and now this one about air pollution. You have rightly written about environmental issues. If we don't act now future generation will not see a beautiful world.

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      Deb Welch 

      6 years ago

      Keeping a vehicle's exhaust system properly maintained is good advice. Factory smoke stacks also contaminate our breathing air space.

      I'm surprised they never invented a removable filter or some other contraption for the emission of pollutants from smoke stacks. Humanity has grown use to bad air - we probably would have an adverse reaction to clean pure oxygen. Good Hub - useful, awesome photos, and interesting.


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