Deadly Smoke Menace ATTACKED ON WIDE FRONT (Oct, 1933)

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Cities Unite in Concerted Thrive Against Air Laden with Health-Destroying Impurities

AWAKE at last to the menace of smoke as a destroyer of health and property, great cities of the United States have opened campaigns against it. Medical authorities now realize that an ever-increasing proportion of cases of respiratory diseases is directly traceable to smoke particles floating in city air. Their baneful effect does not end here; for, blanketing the sky, they form a curtain through which only a part of the ultraviolet rays can filter.

Attacking the stone of skyscrapers, the sulphurous fumes that belch from smokestacks eat into the stone and cause it eventually to crumble. Huge cleaning bills for clothes and buildings, in great industrial cities, are the result of volumes of smoke polluting the air. Sometimes its depredations take spectacular form. Thus a New York farmer’s $3,000 crop of spinach was ruined by smoke from nearby factories.

Simply banishing preventable smoke, Henry Obermeyer, New York public utilities official, states in his recently-published book, “Stop That Smoke!” will bring about the following benefits: reduction of the country’s death rate by one-sixth; twenty to fifty percent more sunshine in cities; half a billion dollars’ worth of property damage prevented annually, and the country’s fuel bill cut by one-fifth.

  1. jayessell says: May 14, 20077:41 pm

    I haven’t read the article, but 19 years later thousands die in and around London from smog.…

  2. Scott Mercer says: April 4, 20081:38 pm

    Holy moly!

    …a curtain through which only part of the ultraviolet rays can filter.

    There it is. Global warming understood and acknowledged in 1933.

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