Air pollution levels considered safe can still shorten lifespans, study shows

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(CBS) Manuel Bojorquez, May 2, 2018 — A study released Wednesday shows that levels of air pollution considered safe can still shorten lifespans.

The study also found that the air in Atlanta is among the worst in the country.

Even on days when he can play outside, 4-year-old Reco Lovett is never far from his inhaler. At age 2, he was diagnosed with asthma so severe it sent him to the hospital nine times.

“He’ll say, ‘I want to go outside,’ and I’m like, ‘No, you have to stay in you know, because it’s hot,’ and I’ll say, ‘You’ll start coughing,’ and he knows what that means,” Lovett’s mother, Marie, said.