2000 Scots Killed by Pollution Every Year

By Jamieson, Alastair | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), September 23, 1998 | Go to article overview
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2000 Scots Killed by Pollution Every Year


Jamieson, Alastair, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


Two thousand Scots are dying every year because of soaring pollution, it has been revealed.

Premature deaths and emergency hospital admissions from respiratory or heart conditions are higher during periods of high pollution, research has shown.

And experts say that even low levels of smog can be deadly.

Researchers at Edinburgh University studied the relationship between pollution levels in the city and the number of deaths and hospital admissions for serious heart and lung conditions.

Dr Raymond Angus, of the department of public health sciences, said: "The good news is that pollution in Edinburgh is less than cities such as London and Birmingham.

"The bad news is that, even at this low level of pollution, we have detected some effect.

"We can say these people died or went to hospital when they did because of pollution."

Deaths among over-65s in the capital were found to be four per cent above normal.

The research, thought to be the biggest study of its kind in Britain, was carried out between 1981 and 1995.

And it found a five-per-cent increase in emergency hos-pital admissions among the elderly for heart attacks and strokes when pollution was high.

Experts blame tiny par ticles, known as PM10s, from the exhausts of diesel vehicles.

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