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MPs highlight health risks from air pollution

23rd March 2010

A report from a group of influential MPs has said 50,000 people a year are dying prematurely in the UK from the effects of air pollution.

The Commons environmental audit committee (EAC) report found that poor air quality is reducing the life expectancy of everyone in the UK by an average of seven to eight months.

Among the health conditions being exacerbated by polluted air are asthma, respiratory problems and heart disease, with the document suggesting that this trend is causing more fatalities than passive smoking, traffic accidents or obesity.

The committee warned that the government is not making air pollution a priority and said it is failing to meet its domestic and European targets.

EAC chairman Tim Yeo added: “In the worst-affected areas this invisible killer could be taking years off the lives of people most at risk.”

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson responded to the report by saying: “We are taking action on transport, power and other policies and will consider the report carefully.”

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