Can Smog be More Dangerous Than Smoking?
Well, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is.
Here's some disturbing news before your morning commute: air pollution has been declared a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization.
Air pollution joins known cancer causing substances such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The IARC called air pollution the most widespread environmental carcinogen and the worst (probably since breathing air is unavoidable).
"We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking," said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates cancer-causing substances.
The IARC said that in 2010, exposure to air pollution caused a frightening 3.2 million premature deaths worldwide due largely to cardiovascular disease, and 223,000 deaths from lung cancer.
Hopefully, the fact that nearly everyone on the planet likes to, you know, go outside will push governments to do more about cleaning the air.
Are you concerned about air pollution?