Report: Air Pollution Causes Cancer

Commuting to work everyday could be giving you lung cancer

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Air pollution is giving commuters lung cancer, a medical research group and the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC), in conjunction with WHO, said that when it comes to cancer, it now considers air pollution to be even more dangerous than smoking, the Associated Press reports.

The IARC has previously determined some components of air pollution, like diesel fumes, to be carcinogens. But now they are classifying air pollution as a whole to be cancer-causing. Though the risk of contracting cancer from air pollution alone is low, the main sources of pollution are omnipresent and difficult to avoid — transportation, power plants, industrial emissions and agricultural emissions among them.

Air pollution is already known to increase the likelihood of heart and respiratory disease. The new conclusion could prompt governments to embrace stricter laws to limit air pollution.

[AP]

2 comments
ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Gee, I thought those massive clouds of smog and pollution over America's industrial and urban areas were caused by the huddled masses of rabid smokers. Think the GOP-dominating, pro-corporations, SCOTUS will take this report into consideration of their adjudication of the EPA's role in setting pollution standards for industry and the coal-fired, polluting power plants.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

It's about time someone is saying this. I'm always amused by how people obsess about second-hand smoke then go jogging in the middle of traffic. The air we breathe is far worse a danger but instead we freak out at the aroma of a cigarette passing our nostrils outdoors.