Local action on outdoor air pollution to improve public health

Sotiris Vardoulakis*, Rachel Kettle, Paul Cosford, Paul Lincoln, Stephen Holgate, Jonathan Grigg, Frank Kelly, David Pencheon

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    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 committee, 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)557-565
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

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    • Air pollution
    • Air quality
    • Emissions
    • Interventions
    • Public health
    • Road traffic


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