Indoor air pollution "blighting the health" of future generations

A new report on indoor air pollution published by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians presents evidence linking poor indoor air quality to respiratory problems among children. Joe Farrington-Douglas, Head of Policy and External Affairs at Asthma UK, said:

“We cannot ignore the damaging impact of indoor air pollution any longer. Living in poor quality housing when you have asthma can be toxic for the 1.1million children living with the condition, blighting the health of future generations.

“Our children should not grow up in homes that put them at risk of an asthma attack. It is unacceptable that people in living in more deprived areas are more likely to have asthma and more likely to go to hospital with asthma attacks.* The NICE guidelines are a major step in the right direction, but without legally binding performance standards for indoor air pollution, national and local government cannot be held to account. Making children feel safe in their schools and homes must be a priority.

“Indoor air pollutants such as dust, mould and chemicals from building materials and furnishings can inflame the airways and cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness to flare up and can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. For more information about indoor air pollution and how to manage symptoms, visit:

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*On the edge: How inequality affects people with asthma, Asthma UK