Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, say the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health. They say emissions from diesel engines have been poorly controlled and indoor air pollution has been overlooked.
Tobacco still poses the biggest indoor threat, but wood-burning stoves, spray deodorants, cleaning products, air fresheners and fly spray contribute. Mould and mildew in poorly ventilated rooms can also cause illness.”Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources,” the report says.
“There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be exposed to NO2 [nitrogen dioxide] from gas cooking and solvents that slowly seep from plastics, paints and furnishings. Read more