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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 100-103

Public health impact of plastics: An overview


1 Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and J. N. M. Hospital, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Neeti Rustagi
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.93198

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Plastic, one of the most preferred materials in today's industrial world is posing serious threat to environment and consumer's health in many direct and indirect ways. Exposure to harmful chemicals during manufacturing, leaching in the stored food items while using plastic packages or chewing of plastic teethers and toys by children are linked with severe adverse health outcomes such as cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive effects etc. Promotion of plastics substitutes and safe disposal of plastic waste requires urgent and definitive action to take care of this potential health hazard in future.






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