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