Cancer-causing chemicals study. Representational image by National Cancer Institute on unsplash
Cancer-causing chemicals polluting the entire city of Hamilton, Ontario were reportedly found by an air-monitoring experiment.
Matthew Adams, a University of Toronto associate professor and air-quality expert co-ordinating the study was reported saying that it is about one cigarette per day that people are breathing in.
Led by the City of Hamilton and funded by Health Canada,the research has been underway for nearly two years by attaching more than 60 air monitors to street poles in every ward to track air quality.
According to the National Library of Medicine.Occupational exposures to the carcinogen have been associated with a series of cancers, including lung and bladder,
The results discussed by a public town hall on Tuesday night revealed that benzo (a)pyrene, a chemical created when certain substances are not burned completely, was found across the city although not solely in areas near steel mills that commonly emit the cancer-linked chemicals.
“It’s actually more ubiquitous across the entire city than we expected,” Adams reportedly said and added that more specific analysis needs to be done to pinpoint what the sources are.