In a first of its kind study, scientists from the University of Texas have been looking at how exposure to high levels of air pollution can shorten our lives. Particulate Matter (PM) smaller than 2.5 microns can enter the lungs and leads to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease and cancer. The team from Texas examined data from 185 countries, to measure how disease linked to air pollution can affect us in the long term.
They found that exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution can reduce life expectancy by as much as 2.5 years. To put this into context, poor diet can reduce life expectancy by 2.7 years, tobacco smoking by 1.8 years and cancer by 2.4 years. It’s clear from the results that air pollution is right up there as one of the leading causes of premature death.
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And if you’d like to read the full study, it’s here.