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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Bristol

New research has estimated how the air pollution levels recorded in Bristol impact on health in the city. The study estimates how current levels of pollution increase hospital admission rates, the risks of developing cancer, and worsen child health in the city.

This study estimates how current levels of air pollution increase hospital admission rates, the risks of developing cancer, and worsen child health in Bristol.

The research suggests that each year in Bristol, higher air pollution days (compared
to low pollution days) are linked to:

  • 4 more cardiac arrests outside hospital;
  • an extra 5 children being hospitalised with asthma; and
  • sending up to 14 more people to hospital for stroke, and 68 for respiratory disease.

If air pollution in Bristol was cut by just one-fifth, every year we would see:

  • 199 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 4 fewer babies being born underweight each year;
  • 114 fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 94 fewer asthmatic children suffering with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm);
  • a decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by around 3.1% which would result in 62 fewer cases a year; and
  • a decrease lung cancer cases by around 5.9% – 18 fewer cases every year.

Read the full policy brief: How Bristol’s air pollution impacts our health and puts a strain on the NHS.