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The Impact of Living in Lahore for a Year: American Research Reveals a Potential 7-Year Reduction in Lifespan

The University of Chicago’s most recent study about the alarming degree of smog in the city has raised red flags for the people of Lahore.

Despite the efforts of the administration, the provincial capital is still regarded as the most filthy city in the world. According to the study released by the American university, residents of Lahore are currently witnessing a decline in their average yearly age. The report highlights that the average lifespan of those living in the city is decreasing by seven years each year. The study also emphasizes the harmful effects of smog on children, claiming that daily exposure to the current pollution level is equivalent to smoking 30 cigarettes.

It is noteworthy that the air quality index (AQI) in Lahore is now over 500, far higher than the average of 200. According to the Environment Department, index values between 200 and 300 may irritate the eyes. Once the AQI readings reach 400 to 500, the situation becomes exceedingly dangerous.

To reduce air pollution in the city, the government has been pressured to enact stringent policies. To mitigate the effects of smog, the Lahore High Court has prohibited the granting of No Objection Certificates (NOC) for development projects until January 2018. Additionally, the municipal government has implemented stringent measures on vehicles emitting smoke. The Lahore traffic police have seized 40,519 cars in various police stations over the past two weeks.

Dr. Ayesha Mughees
Dr. Ayesha Mughees
Medical Doctor. Content Writer. Radio presenter/News Anchor
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