Air pollution has a negative impact on human health and exposure to it affects 100% of the population, from unborn babies to the elderly. Over the course of our lives, air pollution exposure can reduce life expectancy, damage the lungs, increase asthma incidence and lead to other chronic respiratory diseases.
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) believes that citizens have a right to breathe clean air to protect lung health and reduce the risk of worsening of disease among people with a lung condition.
premature deaths every year are caused by outdoor air pollution in Europe.
of the world’s population are exposed to indoor air pollution from open fires and wood-burning cooking stoves and it causes up to 1.5 million premature deaths globally each year.
of COPD cases are due to exposures to airborne pollutants in the workplace.