Air pollution extra deaths, a year than tobacco smoking..

AIR POLLUTION IS killing millions more globally than previously thought, claiming more lives prematurely than tobacco smoking, researchers found in a newly released study.

The study, published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal, found that air pollution caused an estimated 8.8 million extra deaths worldwide in 2015, topping previous estimates that suggested rising levels of air pollution caused 4.5 million and 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Further, researchers said outdoor air pollution caused 800,000 premature deaths across Europe alone in 2015 and 659,000 deaths in the 28 member states of the European Union, with air pollution causing twice as many deaths from cardiovascular diseases as from respiratory diseases. Air pollution is known to cause such diseases, including increased blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart attacks and heart failure.

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