NEW DELHI: Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has launched a series of initiatives reaching out to respiratory patients, and young parents across digital platforms as well as on ground, making them aware of the health impacts associated with indoor pollution which is equivalent to cigarette smoking.
According to a correlation drawn by Berkeley Earth, average PM2.5 level in Delhi NCR in 2018 was equivalent to smoking 7 cigarettes a day. Air pollution kills more people worldwide each year than does AIDS, malaria, diabetes or tuberculosis. It is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today. With the present PM2.5 levels across top polluted cities like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Agra, Lucknow, Hyderabad, etc., almost the entire population is exposed to the health impacts of smoking without actually smoking cigarettes. Philips India, through its leadership in technology and innovation in air purification segment, is raising awareness about the existence of hazardous indoor air pollutants and the role of air purifiers to breathe healthy.