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Air pollution is as dangerous as a pack of cigarettes

Polluted air and, in particular, the climate change, increasing ozone and the accelerated progression of lung emphysema. The air pollution can have similar harmful effects as you would Smoking a pack of cigarettes, so the results of a new study, which was conducted in several large US cities.

The long-term effects of all major air pollutants and depends on the development of pulmonary emphysema. The the in the journal JAMA long-term study published shows. In the case of an emphysema the lung tissue is damaged, so that it comes to bubbles, a Cases the lung, which has a cough and shortness of breath.

The researchers found that over a period of ten years, to 3 ppb higher ozone content of the place of residence leads to Emphysema. This corresponds to the effect from Smoking one pack of cigarettes per day for 29 years. And it is quite likely that the ozone content in large U.S. cities is increasing by climate change, say the researchers. The annual ozone averages in the study areas were between 10 and 25 ppb.

"We were surprised to see how strong the air pollution of lung emphysema progression has had on the Fort. It plays in the same League as Smoking cigarettes, the ist&quot by far the most well-known cause of pulmonary emphysema;, Dr. Joel Kaufman, Professor of environmental and occupational medicine and epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of Washington said. "The Rate of chronic lung disease in this country, and increasingly in non-smokers."

Between 2000 and 2018, the air pollution in several U.S. Metropolitan regions recorded: Chicago, Winston-Salem, NC, Baltimore, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Minnesota, and New York. More than 7,000 people took part in health studies, including 15,000 CT lung scans, and pulmonary function tests.