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Air Pollution - The Invisible Killer

Thousands of Londoners die prematurely every year from breathing polluted air. The most shocking aspect of this is that many of those deaths will be children. Children are more affected than adults from air pollution because their lungs are not fully developed and this makes them more vulnerable.

So we are taking action! We have produced a leaflet specifically designed for parents and we are going to be distributing them outside schools in our borough. At the moment we are targeting schools which are near the most heavily polluted main roads in Havering.

We had a very successful session outside Upminster Infant and Junior School and parents were interested. The leaflet gives tips as to how we as individuals can reduce air pollution.

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Air can be polluted both indoors and outdoors. The six most common pollutants are:

Pollution from road traffic particulate diesel fumes is responsible for 70% of poor air quality.


Toxic gases are 60% above EU legal limits in some parts of our borough. Haveringís most polluted roads are:

Havering Council has drafted an Air Quality Action Plan, on which we've submitted a number of comments.


London is one of the worst cities in Europe for air pollution. The London Air Quality Network website will show you how Havering is performing as compared to other London boroughs.

Great Britain

At the moment there is no national strategy for dealing with air pollution.

Our Childrenís Health

Pregnant women should take care to avoid high levels of air pollution because it can affect the unborn child. It may be linked to brain damage in foetuses and young children.

Children are more at risk from air pollution than adults. Air pollution can permanently damage their lung capacity. We've produced a flyer (images above and below) for distribution to parents driving their children to and from local schools.

Studies in the USA have shown that children living near to main roads enter adulthood with a lower lung capacity. This is an important indicator of life expectancy.

Air pollution makes asthma worse.

What You Can Do About Air Pollution

Other Sources of Information

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