Campaigners are calling for urgent action to reduce exhaust fumes in the capital, as research showed that air pollution contributes to four of the biggest causes of death.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics, commissioned by campaign group Clean Air in London, ranked the main causes of death in each London borough over the last 12 years.
It found that air pollution contributed to the four biggest cause of death among men and four of the five main causes for women.
The main causes of death for men were heart attacks, chronic lower respiratory disease, stokes, dementia and lung cancer – despite lower smoking rates than other parts of England.
For women they were heart attacks, dementia, lung cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and strokes.
Simon Birkett, director of Clean Air London, said the findings have been sent to the London Health Commission, created by Boris Johnson last year, and urged politicians to take action.
He said: “Politicians and officials must stop saying behind closed doors that they don’t want to frighten the public about air pollution and do something to reduce it quickly.”
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