Air Quality and Health

Why is Air Quality Important?

The average person inhales 10,800 litres of air a day so the contents of the air we breathe is key. For vulnerable groups with health issues such as asthma, poor air quality can reduce quality of life and at worst lead to premature death.


Generally if you are young and in a good state of health, moderate air pollution levels are unlikely to have any serious short term effects. However, elevated levels and/or long term exposure to air pollution can lead to more serious symptoms and conditions.
This can affect the respiratory and inflammatory systems, but can also lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. People with lung or heart conditions may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution.​