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Nearly 300000 Londoners Claim Their Asthma Is Triggered By The Citys Filthy Air

According to new research, more than 300,000 Londoners believe polluted air causes their asthma.

According to research conducted by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, more than two-thirds of the 504,202 Londoners with asthma – roughly 337,500 – claim that air pollution triggers their symptoms.

It was revealed as London Mayor Sadiq Khan restated his commitment to expanding the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to combat the city’s “filthy air.”

The new study, he said, is a “sharp reminder” of the effects of air pollution on London’s most vulnerable residents.

The ULEZ will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads in just over 100 days, requiring thousands more drivers to pay the PS12.50 daily tax if their vehicles fail to meet basic emissions criteria.

Sadiq Khan brought asthmatic schoolchildren to City Hall on Thursday to illustrate the impact of pollution on them, with many unable to play outside and having to leave schools to get medication.

“As someone who suffers from adult-onset asthma, I can attest to the fact that London’s polluted air is harming people’s health,” Mr Khan added.

This report serves as a clear reminder that air pollution disproportionately affects the most vulnerable Londoners, and I’m doing everything I can to safeguard children, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses from our dirty air.

“The world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone in downtown London has already helped decrease harmful roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by nearly half, resulting in reductions five times greater than the national average.”

“But, pollution isn’t simply a problem in central London, which is why expanding the ULEZ later this year will help Londoners across the city and is an important step in the city’s green comeback.”

There isn’t any time to squander.

We know that pollution disproportionately affects the poorest Londoners, which is why I’m doing everything I can to enhance everyone’s health.” When the ULEZ is enlarged on October 25, the new zone will encompass major portions of Newham, Brent, and Waltham Forest, the three boroughs with the highest rates of adult asthma hospital admissions in London.

In a “landmark” ruling by Sadiq Khan this year, a coroner determined that air pollution “made a major contribution” to the death of nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in 2013.

Ella, who lived near the South Circular in Lewisham, had severe asthma and had been hospitalized 27 times for it before she died.

The inquest heard that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels near Ella’s home exceeded World Health Organization regulations.

When it is implemented, the extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone, commonly known as ULEX, will extend near Ella’s home, with the goal of lowering NO2 levels in the air.

Vehicles entering the ULEX or ULEZ must fulfill minimal emissions regulations, which are Euro 4 for petrol cars and Euro 6 for diesel cars, or pay a fee.

Euro 4 became obligatory for new automobiles manufactured from January 2006, and Euro 6 became mandatory after September 2015.

In the extended zone, City Hall believes that 100,000 cars and 35,000 vans do not meet the minimum emissions level.

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