The environmental protection deputy chief of Langfang, a city notorious for its poor air quality, will soon publish his second novel about smog, mainland media reports. Li Yuanchuan told Thepaper.cn that his latest work, The Pains of Smog , would be the second book in his smog-themed trilogy. He hoped the books would raise awareness among the public, companies and governments to tackle the country’s smog issue by revealing conflicts between officialdom and the commercial world, the report said. “Governments and companies play key roles in the campaign to tackle smog and pollution,” Li said. “But a new anti-smog lifestyle can be created only when the public takes action according to the law and together … works with governments and companies to drive less, burn less coal, light fewer fireworks and burn less rubbish.” Li said his novels also served to promote the anti-smog campaign and that all material used in the books were from his work and observations of the problem in Hebei province. Li’s first book, Smog Is Coming , published in June last year, has sold more than 30,000 copies. Langfang, about 40km from Beijing, is one of the mainland’s most polluted cities.