Simple traffic measures significantly reduce the exposure of primary school children to NO2

Valerie Cameron, Kehinde Oduyemi, Tobin Cook, Cathy Rirsche

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According to Public Health England (PHE, 2019) air quality is the largest environmental health risk in the UK; long-term exposure to air pollution claims some 28-36,000 premature deaths each year. It shortens lives and contributes to chronic illness. Health can be affected both by short-term, high-pollution episodes and by long-term exposure to lower levels of pollution. Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are directly involved in managing and monitoring local air quality, but often direct action is only taken when there are exceedances of statutory limits and standards. A previous publication, REHIS Journal Autumn 2018, makes the case that long term exposure to lower than limit levels of air pollution can have significant health impacts in later life and that the developing lungs of children are at risk. PHE goes on to state that ‘effective communication of health messages about air pollution and appropriate action can save lives and improve quality of life for many’ (PHE, 2019).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Health Scotland
Volume31
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2019

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Simple traffic measures significantly reduce the exposure of primary school children to NO2. / Cameron, Valerie; Oduyemi, Kehinde; Cook, Tobin; Rirsche, Cathy.

In: Environmental Health Scotland, Vol. 31, No. 2, 23.07.2019, p. 29-34.

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