China smog hits 50 times WHO limits, as U.S. consumers keep buying contaminated herbs and food from China

Thursday, November 19, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Thursday, November 19, 2015

In China, the fog in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province in the northeast, is so thick that buildings in the area are completely invisible. In other areas throughout the country, it’s not uncommon for people to walk the streets wearing face masks, surrounded by a blanket of haze. China’s smog problem – brought on primarily by vehicular emissions, heating needs and rising industrialism – has long been an issue. However, it’s recently reached a high of epic proportions.(1)

So bad is the smog that it’s now reached a shocking 50 times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) maximum. The organization recommends a maximum of 25 micrograms of the dangerous smog particulates during a 24-hour period. But in Shenyang, China, that figure has been exceeded to an unbelievable degree, reaching a whopping 1400 micrograms – more than 50 times what WHO suggests. In this area, it’s coal use that’s mostly to blame, with many people pointing fingers at heating companies who opt to use cheap, low-quality coal that wreaks havoc on the environment and in turn, on human health.(1)

“Inhalable particles” lead to health issues such as lung cancer and heart disease

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