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Italians Blame Pizza Ovens and Vespas for Deadly Smog

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This has been a bad year for Italians in large cities who like to breathe.The air pollution is not just bothersome, it is also becoming deadly.More than 30,000 people die each year in Italy because of health complications tied to bad air quality, according to a recent study by the Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Region Health Service.Now, in what feels a lot like a panic response, cities are banning everything from Vespas to pizza ovens to try to bring the air quality under control.In Milan, all private non-electric vehicles are banned from the city streets from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for three days, starting Monday; in Rome, only those with license plates ending in even numbers can be used on Monday and those with uneven numbers can circulate Tuesday for nine hours of the day.

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