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RCP responds to the CMO’s annual report, focused on air pollution

The RCP has responded to England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty’s annual report which looks at ways to improve air pollution. 

Responding to the report, Dr Sarah Clarke, president of the RCP, said: “Air pollution is a growing and significant public health challenge, and we strongly welcome the Chief Medical Officer making this the focus of his annual report for 2022.  

“The RCP has been highlighting the harmful impacts of air pollution on health since 2016, when we published our report Every Breath We Take with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. We estimated then that around 40,000 deaths were attributable to outdoor air pollution, and since then a coroner found it to be a cause of death for the first time, that of 9-year-old Ella Adoo Kissi Debrah. The CMO’s report is an important contribution that makes clear why we must be proactive and ambitious in our efforts to improve both outdoor and indoor air quality for everyone.” 

To learn more about the growing health issues associated with air quality, watch this video in which Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, the RCP’s special adviser on air quality, talks about the causes of indoor air pollution specifically and explore measures that could be introduced to help improve indoor air quality.