UK air pollution ‘linked to 40,000 early deaths a year’ – BBC News

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Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, the Royal Colleges of Physician and Paediatrics and Child Health have said.

While the pollutants have changed over time – from coal soot to diesel vehicle emissions – the health risks remain.

Tobacco still poses the biggest indoor menace, but wood-burning staves, spraying deodorants, cleaning products, air fresheners and fly spraying contribute.

Mould and mildew in poorly ventilated rooms can also cause illness.

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“Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also uncovered us to other air pollution sources, ” the report says.

“There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be presented to NO2[ nitrogen dioxide] from gas cook and solvents that slowly ooze from plastics, paints and furnishings.

“The lemon-and-pine scents that we use to attain our homes smell fresh can react chemically to generate air pollutants, and ozone-based air fresheners can also cause indoor air pollution.”

Co-author Prof Jonathan Grigg said there was now clear evidence air pollution – largely from mills and traffic – was linked to heart disease and lung problems, including asthma.

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“As NHS expenses continue to escalate due to poor public health – asthma alone costs the NHS an estimated 1bn a year – it is essential that policy makers consider the effects of long-term exposure on our children and the public purse, ” he said.

Prof Grigg said the public could also help by 😛 TAGEND walking, cycling or taking the bus or train instead of driving, when possible keeping gas appliances and solid fuel burners in good mend inducing homes more energy efficient

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