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PORTSMOUTH – A new study in the UK found that people breathe in up to 7,000 microplastic particles every day from clothing and other textiles – 100 times higher than expected. The study, led by Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in the UK, used equipment to count tiny particles less than ten microns in size – just a tenth of the width of a human hair. The study team said the inhalation of these tiny particles could pose a potential health threat to rank alongside asbestos or tobacco.

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