How does air pollution affect my health?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Choose to live where pollution rates are low. When you're selecting a place to live or work, check the Web site for the Environmental Protection Agency. Its pollution ratings show the areas and cities that have excellent records for having the fewest very small (0.01 to 2.5 microns in size) particles in the air. This is important because it's the smallest particles that get farthest in our lungs and disable our immune system, increasing our risk of inflammation and subsequent cancer and arterial aging.
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