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India records 12.4 lakh deaths in 2017 owing to air pollution: Study

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has emerged as a leading factor for premature mortality in as 12.4 lakh deaths have been reported in 2017 owing to it, according to a latest report released on Thursday.

Published by (ICMR), (PHFI), and The Lancet, the report suggests that out of 12.4 lakh deaths, 6.7 lakh deaths have been due to outdoor particulate matter while 4.8 lakh deaths were due to household

The finding, which is a part of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017, is based on comparisons of health loss caused by and risk factors between different geographies, sexes, and age groups, and over time in a unified framework.

The study also found that one in eight deaths in was attributed to air pollution in India in 2017, making it a leading risk factor for deaths in India. Globally, India suffered 26 per cent of premature mortality and health loss attributable to air pollution.

According to the study, "77 per cent population was exposed to 2.5 above 40 milligram. The highest PM 2.5 exposure level was in Delhi, followed by other north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, and "

The Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALYs) attributable to air pollution for major non-communicable diseases, which included chronic obstructive lung disease, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and even lung cancer, were as high as those compared to tobacco consumption.

According to the study, the average life expectancy in India would have been 1.7 years higher if air pollution level was less than the minimal level, with the highest increases in the northern states of (2.5 years), (2.2 years) and (2.1 years).

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:32 IST
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