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From Bono to the Beijing Opera, singers have learned the hard way that poor air quality can make even the greatest vocalists sound like finalists on “The Voice.”
Rock band U2 reportedly leaves Las Vegas off its tour list because lead singer Bono won’t perform in the dry, dusty air of Sin City. Grammy Award-winning singer Adele moved out of London and into the country to escape damaging smog and air pollution after vocal-chord surgery. Beijing Opera star Mei Baojiu recently said air pollution is destroying his voice as well as the voices of other performers in the Beijing Opera.
Although smoking is the #1 cause of lung cancer, almost one in five people in the U.S. diagnosed with lung cancer this year have never smoked. The second leading cause of lung cancer is exposure to radon in houses and buildings. Secondhand smoke and asbestos are also among the top causes. And in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially added outdoor air pollution, especially particulate matter, to the list.
A recent tragedy in South Korea illustrates the potential danger of improperly maintained humidifiers. At least 95 people were killed and hundreds more injured by inhaling a commonly available toxic chemical disinfectant for humidifiers. Even more recently in Southern California, the family of a woman filed suit claiming she died after exposure to the same chemical from a humidifier. While cases like these make headlines, there are no exact numbers on how many people in the...