Air pollution stunts growth of children’s lungs putting them at risk of early death


Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs placing them at risk of lung disease, severe asthma attacks and early death, researchers have warned. Scientists monitored more than 2,000 children from 28 primary schools in polluted areas of London. They found a relationship between pollution and lung capacity with children losing 2.5 ml for every one microgram/m3 of Nitrogen Dioxide in the air. Dr Ian Mudway, from King’s College London, said: “Policies such as the Low Emission Zone strive to do this, but their effectiveness needs careful and objective evaluation, not only in terms of whether they improve air quality, but more importantly, whether they deliver better health.”  Dr Mudway is also affiliated to the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health. The publication on which this news item is based can be found here.


Dr Ian Mudway, from King’s College London and a team of researchers have recently published data in The Lancet Public Health, that shows the effects of air pollution on the growth of children’s lungs.