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Air Pollution: Second Leading Cause of Deaths from NCD

NCD

You may already know, NCDs are the leading cause of death globally, but did you know:

  • Environment is one of the 3 top risk factors contributing to certain non-communicable diseases.

  • Air pollution is the second leading cause of deaths from noncommunicable diseases, only surpassed by tobacco smoking.

Relatively speaking, this is quite new information for many people, as it was only in 2018, the third UN, high level meeting recognized indoor (including household) and outdoor air pollution as significant risk factors for NCDs.

For those not familiar with the term, a non-communicable disease (NCD) is a disease that is not contagious from one person to another. NCD's include strokes, most heart diseases, and most cancers.

What does this all mean?

New information on the subject gives the public (private individuals, businesses and governments) knowledge and the potential power to change the status quo.

In 2016 alone, over a half a million people deaths in Europe were attributed to household and ambient air pollution.

The science is out

These figures are non disputable. Still, many businesses today, especially in the service industries, do not offer a safe-enough working environment, specifically due to the air quality. The question is; is it because of lack of awareness or knowledge from the management; or possibly financial concerns for upgrading health standards for their employees?

Some businesses calculate long-term risk assessment; while others figure the laws aren't stringent enough to inspect or enforce these types of upgrades. Many times, the effects from working conditions with inferior air quality show up years later to past and present employees. Some of these businesses end up in expensive lawsuits for negligence, hurting their economy and reputation. Unfortunately in these cases though, it's the sick workers who pay the ultimate price.

Hope

Fortunately, many industries and privately owned businesses are actively making their workspaces and public spaces healthier for their workers and guests through the implementation of air purifiers/air filtration systems.

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QleanAir Scandinavia reports having existing relationships with businesses in over 25 nations throughout the world; within many manufacturing and service industries including, automotive, food and beverage, hospital and med tech, etc.

Even offices, schools and gyms are partnering up with QleanAir to protect their biggest investments; their people.

More information please

If you would like to have your indoor air quality tested, simply reach out to us to schedule a meeting. Investing in your air quality could be one of the best long-term investments that you can make.

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