While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that breathing exhaust fumes – from any vehicle – is never a good thing, diesel fumes cause lung cancer, says the World Health Organization, which has added diesel exhaust to its list of “known carcinogens.” The organization was quick to note that the world’s wealthy nations aren’t the main victims of diesel fumes. It is mostly relevant to poor countries where trucks, generators and farm and factory machinery routinely fill the air with clouds of sooty smoke and sulfurous particulates, writes the New York Times daily newspaper. The United States and other wealthy nations can breathe easier; they require modern diesels to burn cleaner than gasoline internal combustion engines. It’s not bad to drive a diesel car, said American Cancer Society director, Dr. Otis Brawley, (but) “I don’t think it’s good to breathe its exhaust.”
The World Health Organization reports that diesel exhaust causes lung cancer.
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