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What we stand for

We want to see a world where everyone can breathe clean air with healthy lungs. To achieve this, we need the right policies in place from the government, the NHS and other health care bodies. 

We know that lung disease and the factors that cause it don’t always get the attention they deserve. We work with policy makers and politicians in Westminster, Scotland, Wales and in local government to change this. 

Toxic air at the door of the NHS

Our report, Toxic air at the door of the NHS, reveals that millions of patients and healthcare practitioners across the UK are exposed to unsafe levels of pollution.

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Our policy stories

Read stories about our campaigns across the UK, from air pollution to better treatment to smoking. 

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Our reports

Expanding the ultra-low emission zone will improve outcomes for asthmatics (2021) (PDF, 237.6KB) Our new briefing sets out new analysis showing thousands more asthmatics will benefit from the expanded Ultra-low emission zone in London, planned for October 2021.

A Breath of Fresh Air: research into the training needs of UK GPs on Very Brief Advice for smoking cessation shows that not enough GPs are equipped to have effective conversations about smoking with patients.

Asthma UK and BLF response to Transport for Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan (2020) (PDF, 137KB). We are pleased to see plans for a clean air zone that spans the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester, but we are disappointed there aren’t plans to charge private cars – the largest source of pollution in the region.

Recovery and reset for respiratory: restoring and improving basic care for patients with lung disease outlines the enormous impact COVID-19 has had on the care received by people with lung disease across the UK.

The health and economic impacts of toxic air in Liverpool City Region reveals that up to 1,040 deaths per year in Liverpool can be directly linked to exposure to air pollution.

Toxic air at the door of the NHS reveals that millions of patients and healthcare practitioners across the UK are exposed to unsafe levels of pollution.

Less help to quit - what's happening to stop smoking prescriptions across Britain (2018) highlights how every year fewer patients are being given treatments to help them quit smoking.

The battle for breath - the impact of lung disease in the UK (2016) examines the overall extent and impact of lung disease across the UK. 

The battle for breath - the economic burden of lung disease (2017) reveals the financial cost of lung disease to the NHS, patients and the economy.

A map for better care (2017) looks at ways to improve access to care for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD). 

The economic costs of lung disease and the cost effectiveness of policy and service interventions (2017) (PDF, 1MB). A literature review on the costs of different lung diseases and the cost effectiveness of policy and service interventions.

Our position on key policy areas