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Air Quality. No idling! And not just a VW.

What to the following have in common?

Particulate Matter, ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxides and lead?

Answer: They are all air pollutants.  But there are many more. PHAs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) is a large group of 100 chemicals which are known to be associated with cancer and reduced immunity.

Which are most hazardous to health?

Answer: fine Particulate matter and Ozone.

An important cause?

Answer: Traffic pollution.

Air pollution contributes towards disease of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and memory loss.

More worries. Early life exposure (including in the womb) increases risk of lung disease, diabetes and obesity later in life.

Prevention?

Reduce exposure as much as possible.

How do we reduce exposure?

Stay indoors during reduced air quality days – especially if you suffer lung conditions.

Consider an indoor air cleaner (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter) which has been shown to reduce asthma attacks.

Avoid BBQs!

No cigarette smokers in the house.

Help deal with climate change – improve air quality through public pressure for long term planning.

Avoid idling your motor vehicles. Especially consequent upon the latest revelations about exhaust emissions.

Place to look for information: Defra website forecasts pollution levels daily. And there is an Air Quality Scotland app.

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