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Report: 1 in 8 deaths in India due to air pollution, life expectancy down by 1.7 years

The average life expectancy in India would have been 1.7 years higher if the air pollution level were less than the minimal level causing health loss.

Over half of the 12.4 lakh deaths in India attributable to air pollution in 2017 were in persons younger than 70 years.

States in north India had some of the highest levels of both ambient particulate matter and household air pollution, especially Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand; and the states Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab in north India had some of the highest ambient particulate matter pollution exposure in the country, as per the latest report by The Lancet Planetary Health.