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Breath Easy Week in Marlow

June 24, 2020 4:27 PM

Love Your Lungs

The British Lung foundation* is promoting the Breathe Easy Week from 22nd June - 28th June. This year it is calling Love Your Lungs Week. This is to raise funds and promote their aims which include:

  • The relief of persons suffering from diseases of the chests and lungs, to include, on a continuing basis, asthma and the prevention of those diseases
  • The promotion of medical research into the prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of those diseases.
  • The provision of care, support, services and information for people suffering from those diseases.

This is very important in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic. Like many others I have lost a friend to Covid 19 who had pre-existing lung problems. This tragedy highlights the need to improve the health of our lungs for both young and old. One of the main causes of Lung Diseases including Asthma* is pollution in the air we breathe. We must do what we can to promote healthy lungs and clean air for everyone's sake.

During the lockdown with the reduction of car use in particular, our air has been much cleaner. Locally in Marlow this has been noticeable, especially on West Street, Dean Street and outside our schools. It's the same across South Bucks. We know that we have problems with air pollution from traffic in Marlow and that this can cause and exacerbate asthma and other lung conditions. Anna Crabtree local Lib Dem campaigner said:

'Locally we are campaigning to make this reduction in air pollution permanent. In particular we want to reduce speed limits on residential roads to 20mph. We want to install more bike racks at key sites around town and increase safe cycling. We want to make it easier to use electric cars (e.g. by introducing more charge points in car parks).'

Even before the pandemic about 10,000 people in the UK were newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week. Also somebody dies from lung disease in the UK every 5 minutes.

*Asthma UK has merged with the British Lung Foundation.

The Asthma Helpline is available Mon-Fri 9-5pm on 0300 222 5800

The British Lung Foundation are on Social Media and at https://www.blf.org.uk/

You can call them on Tel 0300 003 0555