Sadly No! Just like there is no safe level of smoking, a new study has revealed the risk is always there no matter how low the air pollution is.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed how breathing polluted air is the same as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for lungs.
- This research took a long-term look at the role various air pollutants play in causing emphysema.
- This study was based on 15,000 heart and lung CT scans from 7,071 adults aged 45 to 84 in six communities throughout the U.S. from 2000 to 2018.
- The data was from a variety of major American cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York and of different race and ethnicities.
- Except for Ozone, these cities have reduced the level of other air pollutants.
- While earlier the standard was to reduce the amount of Ozone as much as possible, but this study has shown how low exposure to ozone is also dangerous.
- People who were exposed to just 3 ppb of ozone over 10 years face the same risk for emphysema as that of a person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day for 29 years according to the study.
- Another aspect of this study shows how different communities and ethnicities face a different level of air pollution.
- Emphysema is a disease which can age the lungs and accelerate death, another threat added to the list of air pollution threats.