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U.S. Government Report Links Smog to Premature Death

8:55 AM MDT | April 28, 2008 | Kara Sissell

The National Academy of Scientists (NAS; Washington) has released a report saying that short-term exposure to ozone air pollution can cause premature death. Short-term exposure to high levels of ground-level ozone, defined as up to 24 hours, “can exacerbate lung conditions, causing illness and hospitalization, and can potentially lead to death,” the report says. More research is needed on the health implications of long-term, chronic exposure, however, the scientists say. Exposure hazards: Scientists urge EPA to cite ozone-control benefits. The...

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