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Many people assume that they must drive a large car (often a full-size SUV) to be "safe." One must assume that "safe" then means surviving an inevitable accident. But what of *avoiding* accidents, not being part of them in the first place? And what of the safety of reduced air pollution that kills thousands of people each year? Are these not significant considerations as well?

Cutting car emissions saves lives: T.O. report. Soaring pollution linked to cancer and asthma and costs city billions, medical officer finds

Toronto Star (
Nov 03, 2007

Donovan Vincent
city hall bureau

A new study on the health effects of air pollution from traffic in Toronto says a 30% reduction in vehicle emissions could save nearly 200 lives a year and $1 billion in health costs. The Toronto Public Health report, to be released Monday, also estimates that "mortality-related'' costs associated with traffic pollution in the city are about $2.2 billion annually. The report uses a Health Canada computer-based method called the Air Quality Benefits Tool to calculate the "burden of illness'' and economic impact from traffic-related smog. Authored by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health, the study claims this pollution contributes to about 440 premature deaths and 1,700 hospitalizations a year in Toronto. While most cases involve the elderly, the pollution is also significantly affecting children, the report says, adding they experience 1,200 acute bronchitis episodes a year as a result, and 68,000 instances of asthma-related symptoms.

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