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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Southampton

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

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

  • 2 more cardiac arrests outside hospital;
  • 43 more people going to hospital for respiratory disease; and
  • sending up to 10 more people to hospital for stroke.

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

  • 150 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 3 fewer babies being born underweight;
  • 81 fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 69 fewer asthmatic children suffering with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm);
  • a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease by around–4.2% which would result in 48 fewer cases a year; and
  • a decrease in lung cancer cases by around 5.9%, which would result in 10 fewer cases every year.

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