Asthma So­ci­ety urges pub­lic to quit burn­ing smoky coal

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE ASTHMA So­ci­ety of Ire­land has called on house­holds and businesses across County Wick­low to stop us­ing smoky coal in the in­ter­est of sav­ing lives.

Smoky coal bans were im­ple­mented in Ark­low in 1998, Bray in 2003 and Grey­stones and Wick­low Town last year, but the use of smoky coal is per­mit­ted else­where in the county, and so the so­ci­ety is call­ing on the govern­ment to ad­dress this in or­der to pro­tect the health of Asthma sufferers in more ru­ral parts of Wick­low.

The so­ci­ety main­tains that a pan-Ire­land ban on smoky coal could save up to 2,000 lives each year, and so has started a na­tion­wide Clean Air cam­paign to alert the pub­lic to the dan­gers of burn­ing the sub­stance.

‘ The dan­gers of smoky coal on pub­lic health are well doc­u­mented and it is also a com­monly known asthma trig­ger,' said Ni­amh Kelly of the Asthma So­ci­ety of Ire­land.

‘Un­til an all-is­land ban is im­ple­mented, polic­ing these re­gional bans is dif­fi­cult and hun­dreds of thou­sands of people still breathe pol­lu­tants from smoky coal ev­ery day.

‘In ad­vance of an al­lis­land ban, we are call­ing on fuel con­sumers across Wick­low to burn smoke­less coal or an al­ter­na­tive fuel, to re­duce asthma symp­toms and save lives.'

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