Air pollution is a well-studied threat to public health. Historic disasters of the past, like the London Fog of 1952, motivated air pollution control in many high-income countries. Yet, in those countries, air pollution continues to harm public health and at the same time, the world’s mega-cities, particularly in Asia, face worsening pollution that now approaches levels associated with past disasters.
Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S. is Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director, USC Institute for Global Health. He is trained in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases and also in epidemiology. Dr. Samet’s research has addressed active and passive smoking and the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment, both indoors and outdoors, and in the workplace. He chairs the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.