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  • Posted: 04/07/2006
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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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These compounds (known as PAHs) come from the burning of carbon-based material. They are found in wood smoke, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, and charcoal-grilled foods. Sausages and roasted coffees may also contain PAHs. These compounds have been linked to increased risks of lung, skin, and urinary cancers.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons