Air pollution linked to thousands of early deaths across Scotland
Public Health England has revealed 2094 people die in Glasgow each year of conditions connected to air pollution.
A new report has linked air pollution to the deaths of 2094 people across Scotland each year.
Public Health England has revealed that 306 people die in Glasgow each year of conditions connected to air pollution.
Another 360 people die in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee annually, according to PHE’s UK-wide report.
Friends of the Earth Scotland have branded air pollution the “leading environmental health risk” in Scotland.
Emilia Hanna, air pollution campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “These figures confirm that ten times the number of people are killed off by air pollution as die in road traffic accidents, and air pollution is Scotland’s biggest environmental health threat.
“Stopping air pollution needs to jump to the top of the government’s health and transport priorities.
“Traffic fumes in our urban areas are the main source of air pollution. The elderly and those with pre-existing heart and lung problems are most at risk.”
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Asthmatic Mic Starbuck, 64, suffered a severe attack in 2009 because of air pollution, which landed him in hospital.
Mr Starbuck, from Glasgow, added: “My life is at risk from air pollution and breathing in even small amounts of polluted air can trigger an attack at any time, so I am forced to carry and use an inhaler wherever I go, and a nebuliser on longer journeys away from home.”
Friends of the Earth Scotland claim removing man-made air pollution could increase life expectancy across the UK by as much at six months.