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A Commentary on Air Pollutants and Suicide

Chia-Ming Chang

In Taiwan, suicide has been the nineth lead-ing cause of death for a consecutive eight years since 1999, and more than 3,000 people die from suicide each year [1]. The numbers of suicide rate in Taiwan were increased from 13.6 per 100,000 in 2002 to 16.2 per 100,000 in 2012. Suicidal be-havior which is never attributable to one single cause, is the consequence of a complex interaction of social, psychological, and biological character-istics [2].
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