Air pollution is an underrated killer.
Most of us don’t think of it as a major threat to our health. But it’s linked to heart disease, cancer, strokes, cognitive problems, lung disease, and diabetes.
It’s responsible for 107,000 American deaths a year, according to a University of Minnesota study. That’s more people than die in car accidents.
Another recent study found that even if you’ve never lit a cigarette in your life, your lungs may be as badly damaged as someone who has smoked a pack a day for 29 years if you live in one of six major U.S.