Breathing in dirty air has immediate effects – such as coughing and wheezing – but recent research shows that the long-term effects of polluted air on health are far greater. Asthma and lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be a consequence of the air we breathe.
As European organisations representing asthma, allergy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) groups, and medical, scientific and health experts from across Europe, the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Association (EFA) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) call on decision-makers at the local, national and European level to support stronger air policies that protect our health from air pollution.
The upcoming elections for the new European Parliament – in May 2014 allow citizens to vote for representatives who can pave the way for healthier air and better health protection in Europe.
Source: EFA, courtesy of Isabel Proaño
About this project
"Know your air for health" is a joint project by the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA). Our main objective is to help communicate EU air quality information to European citizens and alerts to allergy, asthma and COPD patients in Europe to achieve cleaner air and greater protection.