Pollution cuts life expectancy of ordinary citizens

Ordinary citizens of 30 years old would gain on average 7 months of life expectancy in Brussels if annual fine dust levels would decrease to the level prescribed by the WHO Air Quality Guidelines.

Furthermore, a number of chronic diseases can be attributed to dense road traffic. Living near roads with busy traffic could be responsible for some 15-30 percent of all new cases of asthma in children; and of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease in adults 65 years of age and older.

SOURCE: Aphekom study

 

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