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Lung Cancer Day: Air pollution, silent killer

  • Wiwin Is Effendi

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Surabaya   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  11:09 am
Lung Cancer Day: Air pollution, silent killer Hardly visible: Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

The only good news about Jakarta’s air is heightened awareness about pollution in the capital. The pollution-choked Jakarta sky is a dangerous sign that should raise our awareness of how to prepare healthy and fresh air for the next generation. Certainly, all should struggle to cope with this serious problem, which should not only be a lifelong burden of the government. Ahead of World Lung Cancer Day on Aug. 1, Greenpeace Indonesia released a report that air pollution in Jakarta was the highest in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, many people do not realize the risk of breathing polluted air while inhaling air containing hazardous, fine and unseen particles. These materials accumulate within the body, especially in our lungs. Last year the World Health Organization estimated that nine of 10 humans breathe unhealthy air. Moreover, one of nine causes of death was triggered by inhalin...

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