Government leading the way in tackling air pollution is a positive step

Asthma UK welcomes new draft guidance by NICE recommending public sector organisation replace high pollution vehicles with low-emission ones

Friday 21 September 2018

New draft guidance published today by NICE has recommended that public sector organisations should replace high pollution vehicles with low-emission ones in a bid to tackle air pollution.

Joe Farrington-Douglas, Head of Policy and External Affairs, at Asthma UK, said:

“Asthma UK welcomes these recommendations to tackle air pollution by reducing emissions from public sector vehicles. This could help the 3 million people in the UK whose asthma is triggered by air pollution, which can leave them gasping for breath.

“While replacing high pollution public sector vehicles with low-emissions ones would be a positive step, the government must go further protect people with asthma from toxic air pollution by putting in place a new Clean Air Act. This will help clean up pollution hotspots and keep everyone, especially those with asthma, safe.”

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About Asthma UK:

  • In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
  • 61% of people with asthma who answered our annual survey said air pollution was a trigger of asthma attacks for them.
  • Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.
  • Asthma UK’s mission is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma. We do this by funding world leading research, campaigning for improved care and supporting people to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
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