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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Liverpool

New research has estimated how the air pollution levels recorded in Liverpool 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 Liverpool.

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

  • increase your risk of out of hospital cardiac arrests by 2%;
  • send up to 98 more people to hospital for respiratory disease; and
  • send up to 19 more people to hospital for stroke.

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

  • 174 fewer children with low lung function;
  • 104 fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 85 fewer asthmatic children with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm);
  • a decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by around 3.0% which would result in 62 fewer cases; and
  • a decrease lung cancer cases by around 5.3%–17 fewer cases every year.

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