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Average lifespan in EU tops 80 for first time, reveals study

BRUXELLES: The average lifespan of people in the EU has topped 80 for the first time, but preventable illnesses caused by smoking, alcohol and obesity are taking a huge toll, a study said on Wednesday. Gains were uneven as people in western European Union countries lived more than eight years longer on average than people in central and eastern countries, said the report by the European Commission and the OECD. "More needs to be done to reduce inequalities," said Angel Gurria, head of the Organisation for Economic…