Air Pollution Could Be Killing 8.8M People Worldwide Annually, More Deaths Than Caused By Smoking

Newsweek: Air Pollution Is Killing More People Than We Thought
“Air pollution could be killing 8.8 million people worldwide each year — almost double the figure previously thought, that’s according to the authors of a study, who said their findings highlighted the ‘urgent and important’ need to tackle the issue. Deaths caused by air pollution appear to have overtaken those caused by smoking, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal. In 2015, air pollution was thought to be responsible for 8.79 million deaths, compared with the 7.2 million caused by tobacco smoking, the study — which focused on Europe — found…” (Gander, 3/12).

Additional coverage of the study is available from Al Jazeera, Agence France-Presse, and The Guardian.

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