Air Pollution Is Shortening People’s Lives by Nearly Three Years

Air Pollution Is Shortening People's Lives

In a study published at Cardiovascular Research, the researchers have found that air pollution is shortening people’s lives by nearly three years. The research team at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany believe that air pollution is a “pandemic.”

Since the impact of air pollution on public health overall is much larger than expected, and is a worldwide phenomenon, we believe our results show there is an ‘air pollution pandemic’. Thomas Münzel, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Centre Mainz in Mainz, Germany. Policy-makers and the medical community should be paying much more attention to this. Both air pollution and smoking are preventable, but over the past decades much less attention has been paid to air pollution than to smoking, especially among cardiologists.

Thomas Münzel, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology, Mainz, Germany

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The scientists employed a method of modeling that caters for the effects of various sources of air pollution on death rates. The process revealed that air pollution caused an extra 8.8 million premature deaths worldwide during 2015. This is equal to shortening of the lifespan of nearly three years for all people on the planet.

It is remarkable that both the number of deaths and the loss in life expectancy from air pollution rival the effect of tobacco smoking and are much higher than other causes of death. Air pollution exceeds malaria as a global cause of premature death by a factor of 19; it exceeds violence by a factor of 16, HIV/AIDS by a factor of 9, alcohol by a factor of 45, and drug abuse by a factor of 60.

Jos Lelieveld, Team Lead at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

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