Smoking Causes Cancer. So Can Parking Lots

12 Jan

New studies show that the sealant used on most parking lots and driveways contains a chemical known to cause cancer in humans. The shit that you’re breathing in is called coal tar, and it’s killing you slowly with every step you take. No, I’m just kidding, but seriously you can die from it.

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“Coal tar is known to cause cancer in humans. That finding dates to the 1770s, when chimney sweeps in London were found to have high levels of scrotal cancer. Late the next century, it was associated with skin cancers among creosote workers. PAHs themselves are listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable human carcinogen, based on laboratory studies in which they caused cancer in animals.

Emerging evidence also suggests that babies exposed to PAHs while in the womb may be more prone to asthma and other ailments, and may have lowered IQs.”

Is it just me, or does it seem like every little thing is bad for you these days. There’s no product, place, or situation that is completely, 100% safe. Since I’m going to die from drinking too much water, eating too much food, or walking in a parking lot, I might as well do the fun shit that’ll kill me anyway. I’d rather die having too much fun than sitting in a hospital bed from talking on my cell phone too much.

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