Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Regulations Can Save Lives

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Regulations Can Save Lives

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J COLLIER ('I'm tired of all this exercise,' Viewpoints, July 5) asks why life expectancy was so much lower when most men had physically demanding jobs.

On the same page Sam Darby of Burnage Greens points out that 'pollution adds to NHS woes.' The crisis of air quality due to increasing vehicle use on our roads, all too often gridlocked, is obvious.

Perhaps the reason J Collier seeks is something to do with the environment of our ancestors, filled with harmful chemicals such as asbestos, mercury and lead. Other factors were smoke and smoking, often poorer nutrition with deficiency diseases, and adulterated foods. And then there were unsafe working conditions before 'elfin safety' was enforced, stopping boys being sent up chimneys and getting cancer from the soot. …

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