Air Pollution Increases Risk of Lung Cancer, Heart Disease
NIEHS-funded researchers demonstrated that years of exposure to high concentrations of tiny particles of soot and dust from cars, power plants, and factories can increase a person's risk of dying from lung cancer and heart disease to a level that is comparable to the risk associated with prolonged exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.
Pope CA 3rd, Burnett RT, Thun MJ, Calle EE, Krewski D, Ito K, Thurston GD. 2002. Lung cancer, cardiopulmonary mortality, and long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution. JAMA 287(9):1132-1141. [Abstract] [Full Text]
NIEHS Research Funding:
- 2002: Link Strengthened between Lung Cancer, Heart Deaths and Tiny Particles of Soot, Dust