Public health in Portsmouth is threatened by poor air quality. Across the UK, it is estimated that air pollution contributes to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year. We know that exposure to air pollution can lead to a reduction in life expectancy, and range of poor health outcomes such as low birth weights, and increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.
Whilst it is difficult to casually link high exposure to air pollution to health outcomes, it is established that Portsmouth's residents experience higher rates of premature death from cardiovascular diseases and cancers than the England average. Air pollution also has a disproportionate impact on the city's most deprived areas, where residents are already vulnerable to poor health.
Read the full report: Air quality in Portsmouth: using design principles to address air quality
For further information contact: Dominique Le Touze, Consultant in Public Health, [email protected]