Inhaling High Levels Of Cadmium

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Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that occurs in the earth’s crust and water and is released into the atmosphere through fossil fuel combustion, waste incineration and metal production. It is commonly found as a mineral combined with various elements such as chlorine, sulfur, and oxygen. Most rocks, soil, mineral and coal fertilizers contain cadmium. The element enters the environment through the action of rain and wind and mining operation. Volcanoes and forest fires release cadmium into the air. When humans consume cadmium, it can cause severe stomach irritation and be the cause of diarrhea and vomiting. Inhaling high levels of cadmium damages lungs and causes death, and is a cancer-causing agent. Humans are exposed to this element
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