Responding to a UK100 and King’s College London study showing in Bristol alone high levels of air pollution contributed to five people dying prematurely each week, Joe Farrington-Douglas, Head of Policy and External Affairs at Asthma UK, says:
“Filthy air stunts the growth of children’s lungs and this study is yet more damning evidence of the harm it can cause people with asthma.
“Air pollution is a trigger for more than 3 million* people with asthma, leaving them struggling to breathe and putting them at risk of a life-threatening asthma attack.
“The findings of this research are stark and must focus minds to commit to legally enforceable targets for clean air, based on World Health Organisation recommendations. It’s unacceptable that poisonous air is causing premature deaths.”
Notes to Editors:
*In Falling through the gaps: Why more people need basic asthma care, Asthma UK found 61.6% of those surveyed across the UK said air pollution triggered their asthma. When applied to the asthma population of 5.4million people in the UK, this equates to 3.3million, p34