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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Manchester

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

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

  • 6 more out of hospital cardiac arrests;
  • sending 109 more people to hospital for respiratory disease; and
  • sending 32 more people to hospital for cardiovascular disease.

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

  • 284 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 5 fewer babies being born underweight; and
  • a decrease in lung cancer cases by around 5.6% leading to 20 fewer cases every year.

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