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“Every Breath We Take” – Report from Royal College of Physicians

“Every Breath We Take” – Report from Royal College of Physicians
James Ford
April 9, 2016

A recent report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) claims that 40,000 deaths in the UK are attributable to exposure to air pollution each year.

Vehicle emissions and second hand smoke are acknowledged as two of the most significant causes in poor air quality. The report also highlights the importance of considering overlooked sources of poor indoor air quality, such as, kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays and air fresheners, which can all contribute to poor air quality in our homes, workspaces and schools.

Among suggestions to tackle poor indoor air quality, the report calls for further research, and emphasises the need for quantifying the relationship between indoor air pollution and health; developing more efficient indoor air quality monitoring technologies and investigating the economic impact of air pollution.

Such proposals are vital given the rise in installations of mechanical ventilation systems (MVHR) in inner city areas that are designed to bring “fresh” air into offices, homes and schools and the few regulatory controls on indoor pollution, despite acknowledgement from the medical profession that air pollution plays a part in many of the major health challenges of the present day.

It is reported that regular exposure to high levels of air pollution can be linked not only to cancer, asthma, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, but may also have detrimental effects at every stage of life.

Click here to find the full report from the RCP and RCPH.

Airclean offer a number of products that remove airborne pollutants entering the home, including particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), Nitrogen Dioxide and VOCs. These include: The Ezee Breath Air Purifier which recirculates and filters air to reduce particulate matter and remove low concentration pollutant gases; and the Indoor Air Quality Filtration System for use in conjunction with MVHR systems.

 

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