Asthma UK responds to research linking air pollution exposure during pregnancy to asthma

New research published today (09 February, 2016) in the European Respiratory Journal, says babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before they reach their fifth birthday. 

Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said: “This is an interesting study which shows that there was an increased risk of developing asthma in around 9,000 of the children studied born to mothers who lived near highways during pregnancy.  This effect was greater in low birth weight children.  These findings should be a cause for concern for policy makers, but more research is needed to better understand these links and how to mitigate them.”