Study: children at higher risk of pollution

27th June 2018

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Schoolchildren are at a far greater risk to roadside pollutants than adults, research published on Clean Air Day suggests.

A study by Global Action Day, the charity behind the awareness-raising campaign, reveals that primary and nursery pupils are exposed to 30 per cent more particulate pollution that adults when walking along busy roads.

Professor Jonathan Grigg, Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “Children’s lungs are especially vulnerable for those at primary school and younger as they are still developing.

“Although parents can reduce this impact by walking on less polluted roads and taking public transport, the UK government must take further steps to reduce toxic emissions from all roads.”

To find out more about the research, visit the Air Quality News website.