According to India-specific findings of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, 627,000 deaths caused due to outdoor air pollution. This study shows that pollution is one of the top 10 global health risks, ranking it alongside high blood pressure, tobacco consumption and alcoholism.
Among the risk factors, outdoor air pollution ranked fifth in mortality and seventh in the disease burden in the country that caused the loss of 17.7 million healthy years of life in 2010.
Outdoor air pollution has appeared as a major health risk in developing countries, contributing around 3.2 million premature deaths worldwide and 74 million years of healthy life lost in 2010.
The latest data shows that globally, air pollution-related deaths have increased since 2000 by 300% and nearly 65% of these deaths occur in Asia. There has been an unprecedented increase of 300% in diseases attributed to air pollution.