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NYU environmental scientist and co-author, George Thurston, compared the risks of air pollution to those faced by nonsmokers who are constantly exposed to second-hand smoke. Lung cancer death rates were then compared with average pollution levels, as measured in micrograms per cubic meter of air. The findings were that the number of lung cancer deaths increased 8 percent for every increase of 10 micrograms. Other heart- and lung-related causes of death increased 6 percent for every 10-microgram increase.
The research is vital in further showing that the soot emitted by cars and trucks, coal-fired power plants and factory smokestacks create a health risk, strengthening the case for new emission-reducing technologies.