Air pollution hastens deaths of up to 24000 in UK

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:247
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Air pollution hastens the deaths of between 12000 and 24000 vulnerable people a year and is associated with 14000 and 24000 hospital admissions and readmissions, according to a report from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.

    The report, Quantification of the Effects of Air Pollution on Health in the United Kingdom, is the first attempt to measure the impact of short term air pollution on people's health. It states that in urban areas …

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