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Breathing in polluted air on busy roads is as harmful as passively smoking ten cigarettes a day, new research has found.Dutch scientists compared the effects of smoking with those of living near a busy road, looking at increased risks of heart disease, premature birth, breathing problems, and lung cancer.
The researchers, from the Public Health Service of Amsterdam, found that living next to a dual carriageway was as harmful as being exposed to second-hand smoke from ten cigarettes a day. Writing in the Journal of Environmental Research, they revealed that traffic calming measures to remove half the cars from busy roads resulted in significant reductions to health risks.