If you have been inhaling fume from vehicles or smoke from dumpsites, this should give you a reason to avoid such circumstances as much as possible. 

Lagos and other cities with huge population are most hit and the University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) says air pollution, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person.

According to researchers, this circumstance has made air pollution the world’s top killer. 

The tiny particles ingested from polluted air shorten life more than first-hand cigarette smoke, which can reduce it by 1.6 years, and are more dangerous than other public health threats such as war and HIV/AIDS, they said.

The AQLI shows people in parts of India, the world’s second-largest country by population, could live 11 years less due to high levels of air pollution.

Life expectancy averages slightly below 69 in the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion, according to the World Bank.

According to the World Economic Forum, the researchers launched a website that tells users how many years of life air pollution could cost them according to which region of a country they live in.

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The index seeks to transform hard-to-comprehend data into “perhaps the most important metric that exists - life”, Michael Greenstone, director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), said in a statement.

Particulate pollution is normally measured in micrograms per cubic meter.

“The fact that this AQLI tool quantifies the number of years I and you have lost to air pollution makes me worried,” Kalikesh Singh Deo, an Indian member of parliament, said in a statement shared by EPIC.

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