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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Oxford

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

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

  • 6 more cardiac arrests outside hospital; and
  • sending up to 8 more people to hospital for stroke.

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

  • 77 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 31 fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 38 fewer asthmatic children suffering with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm);
  • a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease by around 2.7% which would result in 83 fewer cases a year; and
  • a decrease in lung cancer cases by around 6%, which would result in 28 fewer cases every year.

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