WHO says that about 80% of city dwellers breathe polluted air

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More than 80 percent of the inhabitants of the world’s cities breathe polluted air, which increases the risk of lung cancer and other life threatening diseases cancer, he said one reports the world Health Organization on Friday. The report also notes that among the other health complications caused by poor air includes diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases.

According to the results, 98 percent of low-income countries are among the poorest countries in air quality. The report was the result of data collected from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013. The surveys have revealed different that each year more than 3 million premature deaths occur due to various health problems caused by pollution air. On the report of WHO, SP Byotra, who heads the department of medicine at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here, said: ‘Giving the level of the people of pollution are exposed in the metros, inhaling healthy air, at least when they are in their homes, they can help reduce the chances of getting into these health problems related to air pollution. ‘Reading air pollution kills more than 5.7 lakh Indians prematurely.

According to experts, high levels of air pollution is not only lead to an increase in respiratory diseases, such as poor lung function, asthma and allergies, but also other health problems such as obesity lung cancer , poor fetal development and increased cases of miscarriage. Byotra also said that installing air purifiers can be an easy way to prevent respiratory problems caused by indoor air pollution. Doctors said air purifiers are increasingly reliable for people in cities due to pollutants released inside were 1,000 times more likely to reach the lungs that pollutants emitted outdoors.

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Vijay Kannan, India chief Blueair purifier manufacturer, said: “Regardless of people with poor respiratory health, children and the elderly, people with other common diseases are also opting for air purifiers .. even pregnant women are receiving installed air purifiers in their homes due to recent discoveries about various health risks of air pollution and increased awareness. “

According to the results, 98 percent of low-income countries are among the poorest countries in air quality. The report was the result of data collected from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013. Several studies have shown that each year more than 3 million premature deaths occur due to various health problems caused by air pollution.

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