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Drivers exposed to higher air pollution levels than walkers and cyclists - 12th June


Children are at risk of dangerous levels of air pollution inside cars, with Professor Sir David King claiming cars are “boxes collecting toxic gases”.

Studies have revealed that drivers are exposed to far higher pollution levels than those walking or cycling urban routes, in addition to the health benefits of physical activity. Professor Stephen Holgate, an asthma expert at Southampton University, notes that air pollution is “nine to twelve times higher inside the car than outside”. This is especially important for children who are naturally more vulnerable than adults as air pollution can stunt lung growth and increase risks of asthma and respiratory conditions.

This warning comes as the UK Government faces a third legal challenge from environmental law firm ClientEarth against illegal levels of air pollution around the nation, having twice defeated the ministers. This week marks the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week, and a National Clean Air Day in the UK takes place this Thursday, the 15th June.

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