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Air pollution is a major threat to health, says WHO

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:722
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization says that its new guidelines on air quality could help save as many as 300 000 lives around the world each year. The guidelines call for much tougher standards for emission levels of pollutants in cities.

    “By reducing air pollution levels we can help countries to reduce the global burden of disease for respiratory infections, heart disease, and lung cancer which they otherwise would be facing,” said Maria Neira, WHO's director of public health …

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