Cutting car emissions saves lives: T.O. report

A new study on the health effects of air pollution from traffic in Toronto says a 30 per cent 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.

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