WHO global air quality guidelines

Publication date 22 September 2022 Category
  • Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Air pollution
  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Non Communicable Diseases
Publishing organisation World Health Organisation

Clean air is fundamental to health. Compared to 15 years ago, when the previous edition of these guidelines was published, more evidence shows how air pollution affects health at lower concentrations. Air pollution is still estimated to cause millions of deaths and the loss of healthy years of life.

The burden of disease attributable to air pollution is now estimated to be on a par with other major global health risks such as unhealthy diets and tobacco smoking. In 2015, the World Health Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on air quality and health, recognizing air pollution as a risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and cancer, and the economic toll they take.