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[Comment] Reduce air pollution to beat NCDs: from recognition to action

Air pollution is now recognised as the second leading cause of non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths after tobacco smoking, causing more than 5 million such deaths each year, and 7 million deaths in total, including communicable diseases.1 NCDs caused by air pollution include heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. The health impacts of air pollution may be even higher than 5 million NCD deaths per year,1 given recent evidence indicating even larger health impacts for those diseases at current exposures.

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