Local action on outdoor air pollution to improve public health

Local action on outdoor air pollution to improve public health Objectives The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, jointly with Public Health England, have developed a guideline on outdoor air pollution and its links to health. The guideline makes recommendations on local interventions that can help improve air quality and prevent a range of adverse health outcomes associated with road-traffic-related air pollution. Methods The guideline was based on a rigorous assessment of the scientific evidence by an independent advisory com- mittee, with input from public health professionals and other professional groups. The process included systematics reviews of the literature, expert testimonies and stakeholder consultation. Results The guideline includes recommendations for local planning, clean air zones, measures to reduce emissions from public sector transport services, smooth driving and speed reduction, active travel, and awareness raising. Conclusions The guideline recommends taking a number of actions in combination, because multiple interventions, each producing a small benefit, are likely to act cumulatively to produce significant change. These actions are likely to bring multiple public health benefits, in addition to air quality improvements. Keywords Air pollution  Air quality  Road traffic  Emissions  Interventions  Public health Introduction high blood pressure, smoking, and diet (HEI 2017). In England, 4.7% of adult http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Health Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Occupational Medicine/Industrial Medicine; Environmental Health
ISSN
1661-8556
eISSN
1661-8564
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00038-018-1104-8
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Abstract

Objectives The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, jointly with Public Health England, have developed a guideline on outdoor air pollution and its links to health. The guideline makes recommendations on local interventions that can help improve air quality and prevent a range of adverse health outcomes associated with road-traffic-related air pollution. Methods The guideline was based on a rigorous assessment of the scientific evidence by an independent advisory com- mittee, with input from public health professionals and other professional groups. The process included systematics reviews of the literature, expert testimonies and stakeholder consultation. Results The guideline includes recommendations for local planning, clean air zones, measures to reduce emissions from public sector transport services, smooth driving and speed reduction, active travel, and awareness raising. Conclusions The guideline recommends taking a number of actions in combination, because multiple interventions, each producing a small benefit, are likely to act cumulatively to produce significant change. These actions are likely to bring multiple public health benefits, in addition to air quality improvements. Keywords Air pollution  Air quality  Road traffic  Emissions  Interventions  Public health Introduction high blood pressure, smoking, and diet (HEI 2017). In England, 4.7% of adult

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International Journal of Public HealthSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 20, 2018

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