"Particulate pollution is the most important contaminant in our air...We know that when levels go up people die."
Joel Schwartz., Harvard School of Public Health, E Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2002.
"There has got to be an understanding that people who complain about smoke have a legitimate case, the medical
science is on their side now." - Professor David Bowman, Tasmania. ABC News Feb. 20, 2012
“you don’t necessarily get away from air pollution by being further from the sources” - Helen ApSimon, professor of air
pollution studies at Imperial College London.
"Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths." - IRAC 17/10/2013.
(IARC), announced today that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
After thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, world leading experts convened by the IARC
Monographs Programme concluded that there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung
cancer (Group 1). They also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was evaluated separately and was also classified as
carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
"Tragically only half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer
are alive one year after diagnosis."
"Lung cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 16 percent" - American Lung Association
"Air pollution is a "silent killer" and is unique in that it affects the entire population"- Dr. Michael Brauer, professor,
school of population and public health, University of British Columbia.