Report: Air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    I seem to me that people would of learned to breath through their noes by now. The nose filters the air moistens the air and adds things that the body needs that it only gets from the nose to keep us healthy. Breathing through the mouth not only do you look bad your breath smells bad and is bad for your lungs.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    To "Lightening Lad" then lets get the environmentalists off the back of the company that wants to build the nuclear power plant in Utah. Zero emisions, plus it has the capacity to generate power to a lot of homes regardles of the amount of sun or wind.

    3 of the top 11 what? Utah doesn't even show up on the lists of cities with year round pollution problems. The other problem that theses studies don't consider is the difference between short term exposure and long term exposure. The WHO analysis is based on a yearly average. Think of it like a rock concert. If you go to a concert occasionally your hearing will not be damaged. However constant exposure will damage your hearing.

    Where are the studies that look at Utah's air and short term exposure?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    Wow ---

    3 of the top 11 here in Utah,
    And yet -- so many of the citizens don't want to do anything about it.

    How can drinking Diet Coke be bad for you,
    when breathing polluted air isn't?

    It's as bad as smoking,
    but because it's not called out in D&C 89, it must be OK.

    Remember -- run and not be weary, walk and not faint has EVERYTHING do with the air we breathing too!

  • LDS Tree-Hugger Farmington, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    ...but for some,
    since "Air Pollution" isn't specifically called out in the Word of Wisdom as being bad for the body, it must be OK.

    Letter of the Law
    Spirit of the Law.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:38 a.m.


    I don't understand why someone would be so hostile about scientific research? Your sole argument against this research is an arbitrary unrelated fact that lung cancer rates have been decreasing due to the fact that smoking rates have been decreasing. Would you say that doctors, the American lung association and their research are responsible for drop in smoking and thus cancer we are already experiencing?

    IMHO the biggest threat to our economy in Utah is our air quality. Salt Lake is on a path to become the Pittsburgh, or Detroit of the Mountain West. If we continue with this complete disregard for the air, companies will begin leaving here, and ultimately our economy will suffer. We can make escuses like "we live in a valley, so it's not our fault" or "we only have the worst air quality in the country for a month out of the year". Or we can actually do something about it

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:04 a.m.


    I've got to ask, can you at least agree that air pollution is unhealthy and represents a serious public health issue worthy of public action?

    Do you ever see the work of scientists as anything other than a dark conspiracy against your political beliefs?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Re: "The World Health Organization this month declared smoggy air a certified cancer agent . . . ."

    Well, there you have it. A thoroughly corrupt and confirmed collectivist UN agency makes its thoroughly unsupported "declaration," and Utah Docs Against Jobs -- all three of them -- come out in full force to bleat their disingenuous alarmism.

    WHO is the same agency, BTW, that has endorsed the collectivist UN theory that Americans owe the developing world untold trillions, because we, not they, are responsible for third-world pollution.


    It's funny that they just gloss over the established fact that lung cancer rates have been falling, rather precipitously, since the late '80s. Which is also when people started to get the message about the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

    Is it still a problem? Sure. Primarily because smoking [including the dope-smoking that leftists seem to love so much] is still a problem.

    If Utah Docs Against Jobs and DN really wanted to do some good, they should concentrate efforts on the real and proven cause of lung cancer -- smoking.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Nov. 1, 2013 7:03 a.m.

    One thing that might help, and it'd need to be led by our universities doing research, is a way to filter air to collect the problem gases and particulates and to scale the process up to levels that would reduce the percentages in an area like Logan and Salt Lake. The residue gathered may even be useful for other purposes.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Nov. 1, 2013 1:53 a.m.

    I wonder if the risk of cancer is enough to convince people that cheap coal generated power is really worth the "extra" costs? Would Utahns be willing to pay a little more to allow for the switch over to natural gas? Probably not Close down the filthy Intermountain Power plant near Delta, probably not?