Asthma UK comment on the launch of Mayor of London's plans to clean up the capital’s filthy air

05 July 2016

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today launched plans for the toughest crackdown on the most polluting vehicles by any major city around the world. 

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s plans to improve air quality in London. Air pollution, in particular traffic pollution, plays a role in both triggering asthma attacks and causing asthma in both children and adults. According to the latest figures from the Health Survey for England toxic air affects nearly 600,000 people living in London with asthma, so it’s vital that action is taken to improve air quality.

“Data from Public Health England shows that high pollution levels create peaks in GP visits and emergency hospitalisations, which is why we urgently need significant investment into asthma research to find practical solutions to this invisible killer and for pollution alerts to help people manage their asthma.”