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Reducing deaths and ill-health caused by poor air quality in Lancashire and Cumbria

20th June 2018

A new report looking at tackling air pollution in Lancashire and South Cumbria has been launched.

The collective report Reducing deaths and ill-health caused by poor air quality in Lancashire and Cumbria is backed by the four directors of Public Health responsible for Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, Cumbria and Blackpool and is designed to highlight issues around poor air quality.

Public Health England estimates that around 4% of all deaths across Lancashire and South Cumbria are attributable to poor air quality, from conditions such as heart and chest disease, stroke and cancer.

The aim of the report is to start a conversation and improve awareness of the issues, prompting people to take both individual and collective action to help cut air pollution.

It also aims to link with national work including the upcoming Clean Air Day 2018, taking place on Thursday, June 21.

Spearheaded by the behaviour change charity Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day aims to improve public understanding of both indoor and outdoor air pollution and how it affects our health, especially that of young children and people with heart and lung problems.

It also aims to explain some of the easy things we can all do to tackle air pollution, such as walking or cycling more as well as the more difficult things such as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels which are one of the main drivers of climate change.


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