Thursday, November 15

Is Driving the New Smoking?

ok. It may be taking it a bit too far to claim driving as a large-scale public health problem. Or is it?

"If you have otherwise healthy habits and don’t smoke, driving to work is probably the most unhealthy part of your day."

So says Scott Fruin, part of a group of USC researchers who examined the levels of ultra-fine particles inhaled by commuters in Los Angeles. Sure, it is Los Angeles, but the connection would probably still hold anywhere.

"Urban dwellers with long commutes are probably getting most of their ultra-fine particle exposure while driving."

Study recommendation: live closer to work.

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