Smoke rises from the Jiyyeh power plant, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Eastern Mediterranean suffers from the world's highest levels of air pollution after Southeast Asia, findings published by the World Health Organization this week revealed.Shihadeh, an expert on air quality, ranked exorbitant car exhaust, diesel generators and cigarette smoke as the top three enemies destroying the quality of health in the country.Lebanon's mountains and air patterns exacerbate the contaminated air by capping pollutants and holding them along the coastline.However, secondhand smoke is the main culprit inflaming air quality at the indoor and local levels, Yousfi said.Clamping down on Lebanon's suffocating air pollution issues requires major changes in the country's aging infrastructure, Shihadeh told The Daily Star.
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