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Diesel exhaust causes lung cancer, says WHO

Times Of India
14 June 2012

New Delhi: Inhaling fumes from diesel engines can cause lung cancer; the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, confirming a concern that was first raised in 1988.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of WHO, announced the findings on Wednesday.

Christopher Portier, chairman of IARC Working Group, stated in a release, “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.” He added, “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.”

WHO noted that in 1988, IARC had classified diesel exhaust as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, but another internal group had recommended that the decision on the safety of diesel exhaust should be revaluated as priority.

WHO said, “There has been mounting concern about the cancer-causing potential of diesel exhaust, particularly based on findings in epidemiological studies of workers exposed in various settings. This was re-emphasized by the publication in March, 2012, of the results of a large US National Cancer Institute/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study of occupational exposure to such emissions in underground miners, which showed an increased risk of death from lung cancer in exposed workers.”

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