This report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health examines the lifelong impact of exposure to air pollution.

The report, published in March 2016, demonstrates the dangerous health impact air pollution is having on health in the UK. Each year, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution, which plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day. It has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia.

The health problems resulting from exposure to air pollution have a high cost to people who suffer from illness and premature death, to our health services and to business. In the UK, these costs add up to more than £20 billion every year.

Read the report here.

In March 2018, the RCP marked the 2nd anniversary of Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution with a 2018 progress update. The progress update highlights that the scale of the UK’s air pollution crisis has now been recognised, and there is support for action at local and national level. However, the immediate and robust action needed from Government has not materialised and its 2017 air quality plan was a missed opportunity to show the commitment and leadership required to tackle the UK’s dirty air crisis.

Read the 2018 progress update here.