Quote: Originally Posted by DasFX
It would if the deaths happened at the same time also the pollution isn't killing them, it is leading to other ailment that kills them. Besides 800 deaths in Toronto is not very much compared to other killers like fast food, smoking, etc.
I see your point and agree with what you are saying, but no action will come from these findings. Unfortunately, it will take a many more deaths or a large group at once to have some action taken.
I hear ya, but there is a direct link to smog and illness and death.
Heart disease, Cancer, Asthma and lung diseases, and deaths from asthma and heart disease can be IMMEDIATE.
Here is some factoids from the link below:
# An increase in smog sparks a small but measurable increase in deaths, scientists report today in a study showing the strongest link yet between smog and damage to health.
# A study of 95 U.S. urban areas found that a small increase in the average smog level over seven days can lead to a 0.5% rise in deaths, many from heart and lung disease, on the seventh day.
# The researchers' analysis ruled out the possibility that the deaths were caused by heat, different kinds of pollution or other causes.
# Public health officials have long known that breathing smog damages human airways, worsens asthma and leads to a higher risk of lung diseases such as pneumonia.
So it IS small in the immediate sense,your point is made, but over time its a HUGE cost in caring for chronic illnesses. This fact is what is behind smog-fighting legistlation and these new warnings.
Here is an idea I am working on:
- that skin cancer, melanoma, comes from air pollution, smog. It is made much worse if you don't let the sun shine on your polluted skin to nutralise the toxins, restricting sun's healing powers is commonly done by using sunscreen.
Sunscreen itself might be a cause of cancer, but more likely its the pollution. Its not the sun. Despite using suncreen, skin cancer rates have soared in the past 15 years, which makes me wonder if its the sunscreen itself. Remember, They create the problems, and then offer the solutions!!
[that what I believe , not a medical opinion, and its an opinion not shared by many I talk with!!]
One other point is about OZONE:
It is misunderstood when we hear it classified as pollution. Its the opposite actually - smog nutralises pollution. Sunshine on polluted air, shining on the toxins in this air, will CREATE OZONE. Its like a miracle,the natural kind that we give too little praise for. The ozone will then nutralise the toxins.
The more polluted the air, the more ozone.... when the ozone levels are high enough that they start to irritate people's lungs, it is now working on nutralising the toxins we have breathed into our lungs. This is like putting HYDROGEN PEROXIDE on your skin, its irritating but not "harmfull", its not destroying tissues per se. [the same ozygen-'oxidation' process occurs in both ozone and H2O2].
At that point, asthma attacksw can be triggered. Thats maybe where the "danger of ozone" came up. More realistically, we should look at it like "if the ozone is that high, the air must be wayyyy too bad, lets go away".
Thanks for reading my blatherings,