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The irreversible lung disease is affecting a large part of India’s population, especially the elderly. It is the biggest cause of mortality after heart ailments, while the rising number of cases reported among non-smokers in rural India raises an alarm.
Veteran chest surgeon and lung-transplant specialist Arvind Kumar faces a grim reality every day. As he deftly makes incisions to access the lungs of his patients, Kumar loathes the sight that unfolds. With rare exceptions, he finds black deposits scarring patients’ lungs. And much to his dismay, most patients have no history of smoking. Dust emanating from construction sites and smoke-spewing factory chimneys and vehicles are pushing India into
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