Hu­man health can ben­e­fit

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HEALTH SEC­RE­TARY Matt Han­cock said en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors de­ter­mine around 30 per cent of a per­son’s healthy life ex­pectancy, and warned that air pol­lu­tion poses the “sin­gle great­est en­vi­ron­men­tal threat to hu­man health”.

He added: “Breath­ing dirty air is as­so­ci­ated with a host of health prob­lems... and all too of­ten it is the most vul­ner­a­ble – chil­dren, older peo­ple and those from poorer back­grounds – who are hit hard­est.

“No-one can tackle air pol­lu­tion alone so it is a duty of Gov­ern­ment to act for us all. We are de­ter­mined to clean up our en­vi­ron­ment and are tak­ing the lead with this Clean Air Strat­egy.”

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