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NSEFAN

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Exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer, a panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says.
It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumours in the bladder.
It based the findings on research in high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers.
However, the panel said everyone should try to reduce their exposure to diesel exhaust fumes.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, had previously labelled diesel exhausts as probably carcinogenic to humans....

It seems that all that lovely clag might cause cancer. Who'd have guessed? ;)
 
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"Diesel exhausts are now in the same group as carcinogens ranging from wood chippings to plutonium and sunlight to alcohol. "

Wood chippings?

this is why I don't take the Health industry seriously.
 

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"Diesel exhausts are now in the same group as carcinogens ranging from wood chippings to plutonium and sunlight to alcohol. "

Wood chippings?

this is why I don't take the Health industry seriously.

It's a simplification for the masses. Wood dust - sawdust - is on the list as a carcinogen, not wood chipppings.
 

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let's be honest, anything can be bad for you according to the Health people. if we all took any notice of their Warnings, we'd all invest in environmental protection suits with built-in oxygen supplies, and never go outside the door.
 

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schnellzug said:
let's be honest, anything can be bad for you according to the Health people. if we all took any notice of their Warnings, we'd all invest in environmental protection suits with built-in oxygen supplies, and never go outside the door.

It's all about managing risk. We COULD wrap ourselves in cotton wool, but that's impractical. The occasional dose of something like diesel fumes will probably not do much harm, whereas prolonged exposure over a longer period of time is more likely to do damage leading to a cancer.

I suspect warnings like these are only relevant to people who have lots of exposure to fumes in their daily lives. Like hardcore flailers. :D
 

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I imagine that the people who become hysterical at the faintest whiff of tobacco smoke will have a new target as they stand on Platform 1 at Derby with a Voyager gently idling.

I'm surprised no one makes a fuss about brake dust on London UNderground.
 

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That won't stop me sticking my head out the front coach window of a train hauled by 37906 or 55022, as I have done countless times in the past.
 

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Well, like they say about dieting, 'It might not make you live longer, but it will certainly feel like it.'. In terms of the level of risk, I get just as high a dose of diesel exhaust lying in my bedroom as I do at (say) Paddington because of the road outside my house. Short of moving to Sark, where there are no metalled roads, let alone cars, there's not much I can do about it. Besides, it's quality of life that counts for me, not quantity.
 

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Nothing new about this; it's been known for years that diesel particulates are such a risk. I remember reading about it in the press when I was at school 30 years ago.

It's effectively just another re-hash of old, known, data.
 
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