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    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Poor environments blamed for millions of deaths

    By Jonathan Brown on April 5, 2016

    Poor environments blamed for millions of deaths

    Working or living in unhealthy conditions result in at least 1.4 million deaths across Europe each year, a new official study suggests.

    The report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says globally nearly a quarter of all deaths are down to people having to live or work in poor conditions.

    That means, it says, things such as pollution, exposure to chemicals or too much sun and climate change result in around 12.6 million deaths around the world every year.

    ‘Governments need to act’

    The report says occupational factors like stress, sedentary office-bound lifestyles and poor posture are also causing mental health problems, back pain and other skeletal problems.

    Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, says millions of people will continue to become ill unless governments act to make people’s living and working environments more healthy.

    Around the world air pollution – including second-hand tobacco smoke – account for more than eight million deaths each year.

    The incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke and chronic respiratory diseases, meanwhile, are all heavily influenced by environmental factors, it adds.

    ‘Accidents behind over a million deaths’

    Accidental injuries – including those sustained in road traffic accidents and accidents at work – are behind a further 1.7 million deaths globally each year.

    The WHO study goes on to estimate that around two-fifths of all asthma cases are linked to people living in unhealthy environments.

    The number of cases could be cut by reducing air pollution and people’s exposure to second-hand smoke as well as mould and damp in their homes.

    Source: World Health Organisation

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    Date Published: April 5, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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