Living in areas with heavy vehicle traffic can be a nuisance, but it also may have a major impact on personal health. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that as much as 6 percent of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and U.K. can be attributed to diesel exhaust.
In 2012, the World Health Organization stated that diesel exhaust is a harmful carcinogen. However, little research had been done examining the extent of the problem. Now, scientists are aware of the far-reaching effects of the exhaust. Although regulations are getting stricter and diesel emissions are becoming cleaner, factory workers, truckers, frequent drivers and even residents are still at risk.
"With millions of workers currently exposed to such levels, and likely higher levels in than past, the impact on the current and future lung cancer burden could be substantial," the authors of the study wrote.
People living in heavily trafficked areas can be proactive about purifying the air they breathe. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a huge help, as they clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including many chemicals and pollutants normally found in populated regions.