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Evening Standard: "Walk away from kerb to avoid fumes in London, adviser urges"

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"Londoners should walk away from the kerb on busy roads to avoid inhaling traffic pollution blamed for a shocking number of premature deaths, a Government adviser urged today.

Dr Iarla Kilbane-Dawe stressed pollution levels can be a third lower on the inside of the pavement on roads such as Putney High Street, in south west London, compared to the kerbside.

He also recommended that drivers keep the air vents in their car closed, when on roads with heavy traffic, to limit the health impacts from dirty air.

"... Further work by Dr Kilbane-Dawe showed that in a string of boroughs, long-term exposure to particulate pollution is the fifth biggest killer after causes such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and communicable illnesses.

"These boroughs include Kensington & Chelsea but also several in outer London such as Bromley, Barnet, Bexley, Havering, Sutton and Richmond."

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