Misconceptions about air pollution: ‘There’s nothing I can do about it’

Founder & Director of Clean Air London, Simon Birkett recently wrote an article for Environmental Health News on the Misconceptions about air pollution.

The piece contains a series of cartoons which the campaign group Clean Air in London commissioned to address the capital’s environmental challenges. Beautifully crafted by Andy Davey (@DaveyCartoons), the cartoons address matters such as London smog, wood burning, the tube, cycling and taxis.


What you can do:

Find out about air pollution near where you live, work and play. You can protect yourself by walking or cycling down quieter streets and reduce pollution for yourself and others by walking, cycling or using public transport rather than driving a diesel vehicle.

Check health advice during air pollution episodes. http://cleanairinlondon.org/solutions/10-steps-for-clean-air-in-london/

What you need to know:

Outdoor air pollution infiltrates into buildings. Without appropriate ventilation, it accumulates and can even react with other indoor air pollutants.

Indoor air pollution is made of outdoor air pollutants, including heating and traffic particles and gases that infiltrate into our buildings as well as chemicals emissions from building materials, DIY products, cleaning products, air fresheners, combustion particles from heating, cooking and candles, pets allergens, electronics and appliances off-gasing.

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The most important part of indoor Air quality is the cleanliness of the air.

Air contamination consist of particles, gases and vapours that may reduce the well-being and health of humans and decrease the output and efficiency of production processes.

We breathe 25kg of air per day. If that air is polluted or unclean, what are the implications on work place productivity and more importantly, what is the impact on human health?

Air pollution, both outdoors and Indoors, impact on health results from acute or chronicle exposure. It causes or aggravates eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, respiratory diseases or asthma, impairs lung function and children lung development.

  • Living near busy roads is responsible of 15 to 30% of all asthma and respiratory diseases
  • WHO confirmed in 2013 diesel engines exhausts cause cancer
  • 450 000 Europeans die prematurely from health impact of air pollution
  • European population loses close to 9 months life expectancy on average due to health impact of air pollution

Air purifiersCamfil offer a range of air purifiers which can be used to improve the air quality, increase productivity and protect the health of your workforce.

CamCleaner is a range of patented air purifiers with the most efficient HEPA filters on the market.

They are designed to work as a supplement to your existing ventilation system and give you reduced energy costs, more efficient production and a healthier work environment with less dust and fewer harmful particles.


Poor air quality affects both the health of the personnel and their performance. Bacteria, dust, viruses and harmful particles in the air may cause itchy eyes, headaches and a blocked nose.

Furthermore, it can also give rise to asthma and irritation of the respiratory tract. CamCleaner purifies the air and effectively combats these problems. This leads to improved work performance, reduced absence due to illness, and air that feel easy to breathe. Air purifiers that are available include:

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