12 March 2019– A report published today in the European Heart Journal finds that more people die from air pollution than tobacco. Unicef UK responds:
Alastair Harper, Head of Advocacy, Unicef UK:
UUK research recently showed a third of children live in areas with harmful levels of air pollution, so today’s EHJ report findings are incredibly worrying and starkly illustrate the need to act now to protect children and tackle this growing health crisis.
That is why Unicef UK is calling for legally-binding targets to reduce air pollution to acceptable levels, a national strategy that prioritises action for children, and ring-fenced funding to protect children’s health, so that no child is denied their right to clean air.
For more information, please contact:
Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, [email protected]
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