Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)
Comment Period Ended on 10/26/2022
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10/12/22  7:20 pm
Commenter: Joan Schiller MD, Oncologists United for Climate and Health

Air pollution causes lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked

I am a lung cancer medical oncologist, and it is an unrecognized, but well documented fact, that the particles in air pollution (PM2.5) are carcinogenic. The research around the link between air pollution, PM2.5 and lung cancer is robust. Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that people living in highly polluted areas are more likely to die of lung cancer than those who do not.    In fact, about 14% of all lung cancers are caused by PM2.5

Lung cancer is a deadly disease - a disease you do not want to get. Please keep Virginia in RGGI.

Joan Schiller, MD

Oncologists United for Climate and Health


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