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Urgent action is needed on air pollution

As many as 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are attributed to exposure to air pollution, but nurses can help patients minimise the risks to their health.
Air pollution

Around 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution, according to a major report. Nurses can help patients minimise the risks to their health

Most of us are aware of outdoor air pollution: spend time in traffic-clogged streets and you can taste the chemicals. Even spring days in the countryside can be spoiled by ozone haze.

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But a report published earlier this year by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) revealed that air pollution is much more than an inconvenience – it is a major health risk.

Every Breath We Take: the Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution estimates outdoor air pollution is responsible

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