New Air Pollutants, Free Radicals, Found To Cause Lung Problems

August 18, 2008

Researchers have come out and stated that newly discovered air pollutants called free radicals create lung problems, similar to effects of smoking cigarettes....Boston (ChattahBox) – Researchers have come out and stated that newly discovered air pollutants called free radicals create lung problems, similar to effects of smoking cigarettes.

The research was led by H. Barry Dellinger from Louisiana State University, and found a link between lung problems and these air pollutants.

They found that these air pollutants, free radicals, can cause severe damage to the lungs, and even lung cancer.

The initial belief was that these free radicals were not able to last for more than a second in the atmosphere, but when combined with particles, they last for much longer.

The impact on the lungs is similar to that from tar in cigarettes

This may be the reason why non-smokers develop lung diseases.

The findings were presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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