Leading respiratory disease specialist warns of consequences if government fails to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog
Air pollution will become the biggest health threat in China unless the government takes greater steps to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog, the country's leading respiratory disease specialist warned this week.
Lung cancer and cardiovascular illnesses are already rising and could get worse in the future because of factory emissions, vehicle exhausts and cigarette smoke, Zhong Nanshan, the president of the China Medical Association, told the Guardian.
The outspoken doctor - who won nationwide respect for revealing the cover-up of the Sars epidemic in 2002 - said the authorities are starting to learn the lessons of past health crises by being more transparent about the risks posed by contaminated air. Unless there is more openness, he said, public trust will be eroded.[view whole blog post ]