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Parents are being urged to pick quieter roads to protect them from toxic air and also ditch the auto, because pollution inside vehicles is 50 per cent higher than on the pavement.

The annual cost to the United Kingdom of air pollution is in the region of £20 billion and 25% of all auto journeys in the United Kingdom are less than two miles. Our report called on Government to promote cross-departmental working, force vehicle manufacturers to contribute to a Clean Air Fund, and commit real financial support to local authorities breaching NO2 limits.

The British Heart Foundation's (BHF) research has shed light on how health-harmful pollutants such as particulate matter can cause damage to people's cardiovascular health and increase the risk of potentially deadly heart attacks and stroke.

As part of the national awareness raising campaign, organisers are highlighting a number of areas where air pollution is causing harm to human health, including in indoor environments (see airqualitynews.com story), as well as publicising actions that members of the public can take to lessen their exposure to pollutants outdoors.

The children's charity is calling on the Government to prioritise and fund measures which target the most polluted areas and protect children from toxic air in the places where they live, learn and play.

"The adverse health consequences on children of outdoor air pollution are now well-established and are influencing policies to reduce exposure", explained Professor Stephen Holgate, Co-Chair of the Indoor Air Quality Working Group.

"This is not about making money, but saving lives - in fact, in an ideal world, no one would have to pay a Clean Air Zone charge because everyone would be driving a low or zero-emission vehicle or walking, cycling or using public transport instead".

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TfGM is also encouraging employers to consider flexible start and end times for their staff so they can take advantage of the free travel offer.

The council are urging people to look into other modes of transport when they need to travel.

Air pollution is a hidden killer and it hits children, older people and the poorest hardest.

"Meanwhile we will continue to work with our schools to educate our young people and their parents, lobby for cleaner buses, work closely with contractors and do all we can to encourage more sustainable forms of transport".

"We wouldn't make our children drink dirty water, so why are we allowing them to breathe dirty air?"

'Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution'.

Healthy Air Leeds is due to conduct the event today - Clean Air Day. Tackling air pollution is not just on one day a year, so teachers can still plan a lesson after the day.