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Air pollution leads to more deaths in a year than smoking, study reports

We are all well aware of the environmental challenges faced by our planet earth. Case in point is the recent smog crisis that engulfed the South Asian regions. in late October. The story, however, does not end here. The intensity of the problem is much more severe than one would perceive. Now according to a recent study, air pollution is likely to kill more people than smoking.

Yes, the statement is considerably worrisome calling for an increasing solution to the problem. It was widely believed that smoking was a nuisance being injurious to human health. Well, that is certainly true but air pollution is an even greater concern to account for!

It is high time that authorities step into action and have proper control over the contributors towards the situation. If no timely action is taken, the environmental consequences could accelerate in no time.

How serious is the problem?

The answer is simple and straight forward: pretty serious!

Researchers from Cyprus in collaboration with few German ecologists carried out a comprehensive environmental study. The purpose was to dig deeper into the problem and estimate the number of deaths occurring every year from air pollution.

The results were both unfortunate and surprising. The findings concluded that 8.8 million extra deaths have resulted due to the bad air we breathe.

It is pertinent to note, that according to WHO, smoking kills about 7 million people every year globally.

Another key purpose of the research was also to analyze the contributors towards the environmental catastrophe. Air pollution in most areas of Europe is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The emission of carbon, in particular, is highly consequential leading to the development of health complications.

While there has been an attempt in Europe to look for alternatives, the situation is even more unfortunate in Asia. Regions of South Asia like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are totally relying on non-renewable sources for energy production. That is primarily the reason why air quality happens to be worse in these areas than anywhere else.

The unavoidable nature of Air Pollution

True that bad air kills more people than smoking tobacco. Yet, smoking may be avoidable unlike the case with air pollution. The unavoidable nature of this phenomena is what makes the entire situation highly troublesome.

On an everyday basis, we are subjected to various components of this environmental catastrophe. We wake up possibly brushing our teeth with water that is contaminated with harmful chemicals. Then walk ourselves to work amidst the air that contains pollutants which are able to enter our body and cause complications. Long story short, all of us, knowingly and unknowingly, are affected by the bad environment in one way or the other.

The solution to the problem may comprise of various actions that need to be taken. First and foremost, it is high time that countries shift to a more renewable source of energy. That is to say, what is essentially required is to cut down the burning of fossil fuels, the biggest contributor towards the situation.

As a precautionary step, try wearing a mask to cover yourself from the bad air quality. No matter what, it is pertinent to avoid the entry of pollutants into your body. Then again, this measure prevents the problem from intensifying but is not an inherent solution to it.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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