The recent news about life expectancy being reduced by pollution in China has sent a clear message about how harmful it is to inhale smoke and polluted air. In Tibet, inhalation of smoke is a daily experience in most families as their houses lack proper chimney system. In a previous Healthy Lifestyle program, a Tibetan shared a story about a monk who lost one of his lungs after years of inhaling heavy smoke from incense and butter lamps in the temple.
Sources: Washington Post; National Geographic that covered story about pollution in China. Anecdote story about a Tibetan monk told by Tencho Gyatso in a previous Healthy Lifestyle.