Topic: air pollution

China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits to households, according to…

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on February 14, 2011 about…

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher…

Cleaner air, better lungs

Reducing air pollution was associated with increased lung function in children ages 11 to 15, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new findings suggest that it’s important to continue efforts to improve air quality, say…

School smoking bans reduce teen smoking

An international study of junior high- and high school-aged students who attended schools where smoking was banned were less likely to smoke than those where smoking was permitted, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public…

Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

For immediate release: December 18, 2014 Boston, MA — Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas…

HSPH and Mexico: Ties that bind

This month, Harvard University President Drew Faust, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and other Harvard administrators and faculty traveled to Mexico to celebrate the university’s strong and longstanding relationship with that nation. Dean Frenk served as that country’s minister…

Power plant standards could save thousands of U.S. lives every year

New study from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University scientists links strong carbon standards to substantial reductions in air pollution and widespread health benefits For immediate release: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Boston, MA -- Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will…

Mercury exposure may cause birds to change their tune

The amount of methylmercury, a neurotoxin, in the earth’s atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, and its toxic effects are changing the songs being sung by birds in the area of Waynesboro, Virginia. An article in Environmental Health News explores…