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SCMP – Updated on Oct 13, 2008

I have just returned from San Francisco and again can’t get over the difference in air quality.

When I say I’m from Hong Kong, the terrible air quality is almost always mentioned and the fact that the government seems to be in a state of denial over the problem.

People do not even want to go on holiday here so how about us poor residents? So much is being said and done about the tainted milk powder; while that is certainly awful, a lot more of our children are going to have terrible long-term health problems due to the air pollution.

Admittedly, some of the problem has to do with the mainland, but at least the Hong Kong government could immediately put a ban on all idling engines in Hong Kong and cross-border trucks and coaches.

Suzanne Chung, Mong Kok

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