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People with lung conditions warned about smog pollution affecting Staffordshire

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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People with asthma and chronic lung conditions are being urged to take extra care after a spike in air pollution levels in Staffordshire due to the 'smog' affecting the country.

Government experts are predicting levels of air pollution may now increase from “moderate” to “high” in parts of the county, after easterly winds brought in pollutants, potentially mixed with Saharan dust.

Air pollution rated as level seven is classed as “high” and triggers warnings for people with respiratory problems to reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors. People with asthma may also need to use their inhalers more frequently.

Along with other areas of the Midlands, Staffordshire is forecast to see levels as high as seven or eight tomorrow.

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Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Community Safety, said: “People will have noticed the cloudier skies over the last couple of days and we have been warned to expect possibly higher air pollution levels tomorrow.

“While this doesn’t prove an issue for most of us, we would encourage children and adults with lung problems to follow Government advice to look after themselves and in particular cut back on any strenuous exertion until the clouds lift at the weekend.”

The Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs say the “smog” is due to light easterly winds continuing to bring in pollutants, mixed with some Saharan dust. Rain is expected to clear the conditions on Friday.

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