Speaking at the start of Lung Awareness week in Brussels, Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, highlighted the importance of clean air in the prevention of lung disease.
“There are serious omissions and U-turns in the European Commission’s work programme for this year and these will have implications for people’s health. The Commission’s announced intention to withdraw air quality legislation proposals is absolutely unacceptable. Air pollution is responsible for 400.000 premature deaths every year and takes a toll of tens of billions of Euros in health-related costs.
“In 2013, in Ireland alone, poor air quality claimed around 3400 lives prematurely. This particularly affects children, the elderly and those suffering from related air conditions, and many in the Irish medical community are rightly alarmed at the Commission’s equivocating and dilly-dallying on the National Emissions Ceilings proposals.