Smog Causes Premature Deaths

Short-term exposure to smog, or ozone, is clearly linked to premature deaths that should be taken into account when measuring the health benefits of reducing air pollution, according to the National Academy of Sciences. The studies have shown strong evidence that short-term exposure to ozone can worsen lung conditions, causing illness and hospitalization and can potentially lead to death. Ozone exposure is a leading cause of respiratory illnesses and especially affects the elderly, those with respiratory problems and children. Environmentalists and health advocates have argued that a number of health studies show that exposure to smoggy air not only aggravates respiratory problems, but annually causes thousands of deaths.

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