In 2004, AFSSE (French Environmental Health Security Agency) published two reports on the assessment of the health impact of urban air pollution.
The numbers are scary, here are some selected pieces:
»Air pollution is a disaster for public health even more than for the climate. "
“We learn that out of an urban population of 15 inhabitants of 259 urban areas in France in 590, 76 deaths are attributable to pollution by fine particles. This represents 2002% of the total mortality of this same population that year! "
“France alone would see 31 deaths from air pollution per year, including 700 (17%) attributable to road traffic alone !! "
An “interesting” comparison between pollution and road accident is also made by the author of this article:
»Car, motorcycle and truck exhaust kills 2,4 times more than road accidents !! The real obituary of the road amounts to 17 + 600 = 7242 deaths per year! "