Lung development in children from smoggy communities tends to lag behind that of children raised in less polluted areas, according to a study funded in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The findings were from the first 4 years of data collected from the ongoing Children's Health Study, a 10-year investigation of long-term effects of smog on more than 3000 children in 12 southern California communities.
Stephenson J. Smog Slows Lung Development. JAMA. 2000;284(19):2445. doi:10.1001/jama.284.19.2445-JHA00011-4-1