Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP
Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP

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Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP
Children of women exposed to higher benzene levels during their fourth to sixth months of pregnancy were 22 per cent more likely to have impaired lung function than those from less polluted areas, the study found. Photo: AFP
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