To take your ideas to Policymakers, Join the Campaign of #PolicyPulse Write to

‘Over 80% of world's city residents breathe polluted air’

According to the WHO findings, 98% of the low-income countries are among poor air quality countries

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 28 2016 3:09PM | Updated Date: May 28 2016 3:09PM

‘Over 80% of world's city residents breathe polluted air’

Over 80 percent of world's city residents breathe polluted air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent report.


The report also states that among the other health complications caused due to the poor air includes diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases.


According to the findings, 98 percent of the low-income countries are among poor air quality countries. The report was an outcome of the data collected from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013.


Various surveys have revealed that every year over 3 million premature deaths take place due to various health problems caused by air pollution.


About the WHO report, a senior health expert at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, "Giving the level of pollution people are exposed in metros, breathing in a healthy air, at least when they are in their homes, may help reduce the chances of getting into these air pollution related health issues."


According to the experts, high levels of air pollution is not just leading to an increase in the respiratory diseases, like poor lung function, asthma and allergies, but also other health problems like obesity, lung cancer, poor foetal development and increased cases of miscarriage.


He also said that installation of air purifiers can be an easy way to prevent respiratory problems caused by indoor air pollution.


Doctors said that air purifiers are becoming more reliable for people in cities because pollutants released indoors were 1,000 times more likely to reach the lungs than pollutants released outdoors.


Vijay Kannan, India head of purifier manufacturer Blueair, said: "Apart from people with poor respiratory health, children and elderly, people with other common diseases are also opting for air purifiers, even pregnant women are getting air purifiers installed in their homes because of the latest findings on various health hazards of air pollution and rising awareness."