Particulate Pollution

Why should one say that the machine does not live? It breathes, for its breath forms the atmosphere of some towns — Benjamin Disraeli

Particulate Pollution

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Time for Plain Talk about Particulate Matter

As writer Mike Bell writes, "The term 'third-hand smoke sounds preposterous." But as his excellent (and funny!) Vice article points out, a University of California, Riverside study has found that third-hand smoke is not only real, it can cause cancer and other damage just like its big brothers first- and second-hand smoke.

No-one who has even a slight understanding of particulate matter should be a bit surprised. Cigarette smoke, after all, is basically just a bunch of unhealthy particles in such a high concentration that they are apparent to the unaided human eye. When a smoker exhales that…

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