Neil Churchill, Chief Executive of Asthma UK says: 'We agree that awareness needs to be raised and behaviour needs to change if air quality targets are to be met. It's shocking that the UK is so far behind on its commitments.

'We also warmly welcome the Committee's recommendation for the Government to take better account of the health impacts of poor air quality. If the government is serious about pushing the prevention agenda this is precisely the kind of action it needs to take. Air quality is of prime concern to people with asthma and two thirds tell us that traffic fumes trigger their asthma symptoms. 29% say that a reduction in air pollution is the single thing that would make the most difference to their quality of life in relation to their asthma. Quantifying the impact of pollution on health and quality of life, as well as the costs to the NHS and the economy, would open people's eyes to the importance of improving air quality.'

Asthma UK

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