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Air pollution and the risk of emphysema

Long-term exposure to air pollution ups the risk of developing emphysema in a similar way to smoking, according to a recent study. Pollution is considered the main driver of this crisis. This is unsurprising, given that India is home to seven of the ten most polluted cities in the world. As such, even short-term exposure to the pollution in India’s cities is damaging to lung health – carrying dire implications for those who live there and are exposed to such pollution over an extended period of time. Air pollution is the main cause of this, being described by the Economic Performance Index as “the leading environmental threat to public health.

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