Lahore, known as the ‘city of gardens,’ is grappling with a severe smog crisis, maintaining its notorious status as one of the most polluted cities this year.
New research conducted by the University of Chicago has revealed alarming trends. According to this research, the average age of Lahore’s residents is on a steady decline. In fact, life expectancy is reportedly decreasing by 7 years each year. This concerning trend highlights the pressing need for immediate action to combat the ongoing environmental crisis.
Furthermore, this report emphasizes that children exposed to the current pollution levels are experiencing health risks equivalent to inhaling the smoke of 30 cigarettes daily. The consequences of this revelation are dire and raise serious questions about the welfare and health of the city’s youth.
To put these findings into perspective, it’s essential to consider the Air Quality Index (AQI). An AQI of 200 is considered normal, while levels between 200 and 300 cause eye irritation. When the AQI reaches 400 to 500, it is classified as extremely dangerous. Shockingly, the AQI in various areas of Lahore has exceeded 500, posing significant health risks even to those previously considered healthy.
The worsening smog situation in Lahore has also cast doubt on official claims of effective pollution control. It is now more imperative than ever for authorities to take immediate and effective measures to combat this growing threat to the city’s environment and the health of its residents. Residents of Lahore are in dire need of clean air, and this report serves as a stark reminder of the urgency of the situation.