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Consumer products surpass cars as source of urban air pollution

Consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to urban air pollution as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study. People use a lot more fuel than they do petroleum-based compounds in chemical products — about 15 times more by weight, according to the new assessment. Even so, lotions, paints and other products contribute about as much to air pollution as does the transportation sector. In the case of one type of pollution — tiny particles that can damage people’s…