The number of asthma-related deaths has spiked by 25 percent over the last 10 years - with some experts linking the fatalities to air pollution.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, 1,320 people died of asthma in England and Wales last year, compared with 1,237 in 2016 and 1,033 in 2007.
Sonia Munde, a Nurse Manager at Asthma UK, said: "On days where pollution levels are high, it can leave people with asthma struggling for breath, increasing their risk of a life-threatening asthma attack.”
Responding to the news, Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, added: "It is shocking to see that asthma deaths in England and Wales are the highest they have been this century, with a worrying trend upwards since 2009.
"This is devastating for the families who have lost a loved one and highlights the urgent need to improve basic care for people with asthma.
"The 2014 National Review of Asthma Deaths [NRAD] showed that two-thirds of deaths from asthma could be prevented with better basic care...We know that asthma is not taken seriously enough, as one in six people in the UK do not know or are unsure if the condition can be fatal. This complacency could be costing people's lives."
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.