There is now overwhelming evidence that air pollution in the UK is contributing to the early deaths of tens of thousands of people each year, say two medical organisations.
The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health warn that the biggest threat comes from motor fumes and factories, and recommend that people should leave their car in the garage and walk, cycle or take public transport wherever possible. Meanwhile a separate study (see below) has estimated that fewer than one in 10 Brits cycle to work.
Heart disease and lung problems like asthma and cancer are just some of the health problems being exacerbated, if not directly caused, by air pollution. The bill for this damage is calculated at £20bn, taking into consideration their impact on the health services and on business.
Fumes being vented into the car behind
Report co-author Professor Holgate told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “When you see cars piling up on the way to school taking their children, the fumes directly from the vehicle in front are being vented straight into the car behind, and exposing their child – and yet we are ignoring this.”
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