A year living in Paris? You could also smoke 183 cigarettes

Spending a long weekend in the 10 most popular but polluted cities in Europe could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes in just several days, according to the European Transport and Environment Association.

If you've ever wanted to spend a year living in Paris, be careful: air pollution in the city is so bad you could smoke 183 cigarettes, says a new study.

Although city breaks are supposed to be refreshing, spending a long weekend in the 10 most popular but polluted cities in Europe could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes in just several days, according to the European Transport and Environment Association.

After analyzing the numbers, the researchers established a parallel between air pollution and cigarette consumption, depending on the level of fine particles, and found that enjoying a few days in Prague or Istanbul is equivalent to smoking four cigarettes.

Spending a long weekend in the 10 most popular but polluted cities in Europe could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes in just several days, according to the European Transport and Environment Association.

Spending a long weekend in the 10 most popular but polluted cities in Europe could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes in just several days, according to the European Transport and Environment Association.

Having several days in Milan would have the same effect on the health of visitors as inhaling three cigarettes, compared to 2.75 in London, and two cigarettes in Vienna and Rome.

The long weekends in Barcelona and Dublin, meanwhile, were the equivalent of smoking a cigarette.

The Association said it was important that tourists were informed about the risk they face this summer. The patterns of tourism should take note.

In Paris, the level of particles in the air means that spending a long weekend in the city is like smoking two cigarettes

In Paris, the level of particles in the air means that spending a long weekend in the city is like smoking two cigarettes

In Paris, the level of particles in the air means that spending a long weekend in the city is like smoking two cigarettes

"Air pollution is the second biggest environmental concern for Europeans and research suggests that tourists are avoiding Hong Kong due to its bad air.

"Summer is the most active period for excursions around the city in Barcelona and London."

The organization's air quality and diesel coordinator, Jens Miller, said: "When air pollution is bad, we are told to avoid eating or exercising in the open air, but walking through the cities and eating on the terraces of restaurants is what the city is about.

"At this time, tourists, including children, are more or less forced to smoke, in terms of health impacts."

Even small amounts of air pollution can damage our hearts, however, the contamination can be much worse than officially recognized, the association said in a press release.

He explained: "This is because the authorities usually install monitoring stations to hide bad results, put them in parks, calm streets or turn them off completely.

Automobiles are the main source of particulate material in cities during the summer months

Automobiles are the main source of particulate material in cities during the summer months

Automobiles are the main source of particulate material in cities during the summer months

"The European Commission is taking the Romanian and Belgian governments to court for that behavior.

"Citizen groups have launched response monitoring projects, which have revealed much worse air quality than official data in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Belgium.

"Meanwhile, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Romania face billions in fines for violating EU air pollution standards."

Automobiles are the main source of particulate material in cities during the summer months. Automakers are constantly violating fuel efficiency laws by releasing more polluting vehicles than they should be, the association said.

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