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1 in 4 Deaths Linked to Air Pollution

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  • According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 deaths are related to living and working in a toxic environment. Air pollution is the greatest contributor to this risk
  • Air pollution is a major contributor to lung and respiratory infections, heart disease, and cancer. Of the top environmentally related deaths in 2012, stroke was No. 1, followed by heart disease
  • Proactive measures pay off. In one Brazilian city, improvements in waste recycling, public transport, and pedestrian walkways has led to lower air pollution, and life expectance is 2 years longer than the national average

By Dr. Mercola

That air pollution is a source of toxic exposure that can lead to ill health should come as no surprise. What may surprise you is just how great a toll it actually takes.

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