Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air a little longer.
Americans have on average an extra five months to live, thanks to environmental regulations that have been cleaning up air pollution.
From about 1980 to 2000, reductions in fine-particulate air pollution have helped add that much extra time to the average life expectancies of people living in 51 cities nationwide. In cities that were the most polluted and were cleaned up the most, life expectancies were boosted by about 10 months, according to the study, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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