Government put on the spot on ozone and health

The Chairman of the official Committee on the Medical Aspects of Air Pollution has urged the Government to sponsor research into the health effects of ozone and other common air pollutants. The call by Professor Stephen Holgate appears to reflect growing disquiet within the medical profession at the Department of Health's failure to respond to mounting evidence of a link between ozone exposure and asthma.

The need for research into the health effects of ozone and other air pollutants was highlighted by the Committee's report on ozone and health last year (ENDS Report 196, pp 9-10). The Government accepted its proposals for a new system of air pollution warnings, but failed to respond at all to its recommendations for research.

Professor Holgate's comments at a National Society for Clean Air workshop in Oxford in March have put the issue ba

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