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The 40,000-deaths figure that’s now widely reported, broadly unquestioned, across the media is because of the use of that word ‘premature.’ In fact, the figures are bogus in that nobody could credibly claim there is any methodology to make the sorts of statements which have been made about such a miniscule drop in life expectancy. As such, while reducing pollution is desirable for many reasons, the unmitigated attack on road users is not validly based on any health data.