Every breath we take







A report recently released from the RCP and the RCPCH talks about the effects of air pollution across a lifetime.

Air pollution plays a major part in many of the health problems we are facing as a nation today- it has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia.  The illnesses resulting from air pollution is a huge cost not only for the individual but also for society.  In the UK, these costs add up to more than £20 billion every year.

Important information to take home is that the indoor environment is often overlooked, kitchen products, cleaners, open fires, air fresheners and faulty boilers can cause poor indoor quality at home, school and office.


Proposals to tackle air pollution

1# Tougher regulations on polluters. Polluters should be made responsible for emitting substances that are harmful to our health. Emission testing for cars.

2#Local authorities should have authority to take measures like closing factories or limiting traffic when pollution is bad.

3# Pollution levels should be monitored closely especially close to schools and major urban areas. Results should be available to the public.

4#We must learn more about the relationship between indoor air quality and our health. We must identify so we can make our  homes, schools and workplaces safer.

5#Air pollution effects our health but also our society- we need to understand the economic consequences of it.  

6#We as individuals must learn how to reduce exposure to pollutants as well as reducing our impact on the environment

for example by using alternatives to car travel, being energy efficient in our homes, keeping gas appliances and burners in good repair, educate ourselves about air pollution and staying informed.


Read the whole report at



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