London’s toxic air is triggering asthma attacks – ULEZ expanding in 100 days

The Mayor of London will be expanding the Ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in October 2021. In response, leading respiratory health charity Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation has carried out new analysis showing thousands more people with asthma and COPD will benefit for cleaner air within the expanded zone. 

Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said:

“It’s not right that people with asthma should feel like prisoners in their own homes because breathing the air outside could trigger a life-threatening asthma attack or exacerbation.

“And it’s not just people with asthma who feel scared. Within the expanded zone, there are tens of thousands of people living with other lung diseases who could enjoy a better quality of life if the air was cleaner, including over 45,000 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

“The ULEZ is proof that with the right level of ambition, air quality can be rapidly and significantly improved. That’s why we welcome the expansion to make more areas of London safer and inclusive for people living with all types of lung disease, whilst also paving the way for wider clean air action and initiatives right across the capital and in other UK towns and cities.” 

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