Looks like it does…especially for men. A study conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University shows that men who don’t smoke but live in smoggy areas are “more than three times as likely to have lung cancer than men who live in areas with cleaner air.”
The researchers did not find this statistic to be as large for the female population; one theory suggests that this is because men might spend more time outdoors in the smoggy conditions.
Smog is a mixture of air pollutants and its impact on your health is going to depend on several things including: the levels and types of pollutants in the smog, your age and general state of health, and how long you are exposed. Other health effects of smog may include: eye and throat irritation, coughing and wheezing, reduced lung capacity and trouble breathing, worsening of asthma conditions, and even premature death. In Canada, researchers found that smog kills nearly 5,900 people per year throughout eight large cities.
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