The big ban on bituminous coal sales revisited: serious epidemics and pronounced trends feign excess mortality previously attributed to heavy black-smoke exposure.

The effect of banning bituminous coal sales on the black-smoke concentration and the mortality rates in Dublin, Ireland, has been analyzed recently. Based on the application of standard epidemiological procedures, the authors concluded that, as a result of the ban, the total nontrauma death rate was reduced strongly (-8.0% unadjusted, -5.7% adjusted). The… (More)