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Over 300,000 Londoners say capital’s polluted air triggers their asthma



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ew research shows more than than 300,000 Londoners believe their asthma is triggered by toxic air.

The research from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation found that more than two thirds of the 504,202 Londoners registered with asthma – around 337,500say that symptoms of their condition are triggered by air pollution.

It was released as the Mayor of London reaffirmed his commitment to expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in a bid to tackle the capital’s “filthy air”.

He called the new research a “stark reminder” of the impacts of air pollution on vulnerable Londoners.

Sadiq Khan on Thursday invited school children suffering from asthma to attend City Hall to highlight the impact that pollution has on them, with many not able to play outside and having to leave lessons to access medication.

Mr Khan said: “As someone who lives with adult-onset asthma, I know from personal experience that London’s toxic air is damaging people’s health. I want to be the greenest mayor London has ever had – this study is a stark reminder that air pollution disproportionately affects the most vulnerable Londoners and I’m doing everything in my power to protect children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions from our filthy air.

“In central London, the world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone has already helped cut toxic roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by nearly half and led to reductions that are five times greater than the national average.

“But pollution isn’t just a central London problem, which is why expanding the ULEZ later this year will benefit Londoners across the whole of the city and is a crucial step in London’s green recovery. There is no time to waste. We know pollution hits the poorest Londoners the hardest which is why I’m doing everything I can to improve the health for all Londoners.”

When the ULEZ is expanded on October 25, the new zone will cover large parts of Newham, Brent and Waltham Forest, the three boroughs with the highest rates of adult asthma hospital admissions in London.



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