Should Air Pollution be a concern? Professor Frank Kelly Advises.

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Professor Frank Kelly of King's College London, discussed the  'clear links between high pollution areas and increased morbidity, (and also the fact that) Air pollution has also been linked to conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease to dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke.' with a representative from the BBC. 


In the full article, which you can read here, the effects of air pollution on the most vulnerable of society, small children and the elderly within London, were mentioned as being potentially irreversible especially when considering lung development. 

The article was positive, however, in outlining the simple measures one can take in order to reduce exposure to such toxins. For instance: Small actions such as walking on the inner path of a pavement, and trying alternative walking routes to bypass main roads were amongst the suggestions given. 

These tips were based on the results from a study conducted in which two walking routes within London were taken. The first was along a prominent road within the capital, Marble Arch via the Strand, and a second in which the participant opted for a route that followed a less heavily vehicularised direction. The  graphs generated from this study measured an expected decrease in exposure to PM2.5, along the second route. 

There was mention of further ownus on the government to reduce this exposure, however as an individual, it is clear that there are ways in which we can be responsible for tackling our own intake of city fumes.