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Health of 1.8 billion children is at serious risk from air pollution, says WHO

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 30 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4580
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

The World Health Organization has made an urgent call to action to reduce air pollution in order to protect children’s health.

Health professionals have a central role to play in this effort, says a report on the effects of air pollution on children.1

“Health effects experienced early in life can increase a child’s future risk of disease and lead to lifelong consequences. A child who is exposed to unsafe levels of pollution early in life can thus suffer a ‘life sentence’ of illness,” it says. “Health professionals are well positioned to communicate with families, communities, …

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