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Monday, February 3, 2014

Can car exhaust fumes cause dementia? Asthma. Heart attacks. Cancer. Even diabetes. Why experts fear traffic pollution may be linked to a list of health problems


By Jo Waters, January 27, 2014

As soon as he stands at the bus stop, Eddie Connor can feel his chest start to tighten - the tell-tale signs of an asthma attack.

'The traffic is usually gridlocked at rush hour and the air is choked with diesel fumes,' says Eddie, 40, an actor who is single and lives in Hackney, East London.
'There are so many diesel-fuelled buses, lorries and cars on the roads these days. The pollution seems much worse. In the summer, you can almost taste the diesel fumes.'

Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK - 5 per cent have symptoms so severe they can't be controlled by medication. Eddie suffers from severe 'brittle' asthma, which means he has recurrent severe attacks. 

Asthma most commonly starts in childhood, but Eddie was 22 when he had his first attack after moving from his parents' house - which had a garden and green space around it - to his flat on a busy road. He is convinced the polluted atmosphere triggered it.