Air pollution affects millions of people worldwide, stemming from diverse sources. Both household and outdoor air pollution pose severe threats related to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancers, and other conditions.
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In 2019, air pollution was the leading Level 2 risk factor for DALYs among all environmental and occupational risks. It contributed to 213 million DALYs and 6.67 million deaths in 2019.