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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Nottingham

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

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

  • 3 more cardiac arrests outside hospital;
  • an extra 5 children being hospitalised with asthma; and
  • sending up to 8 more people to hospital for stroke, and 57 more people for respiratory disease.

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

  • 175 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 3 fewer babies being born underweight;
  • 97 fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 84 fewer asthmatic children suffering with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm);
  • a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease by around 3.7% which would result in 52 fewer cases a year; and
  • a decrease in lung cancer cases by around 6.7%, which would result in 15 fewer cases every year.

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