Local Assembly Member urges people to “Love their Lungs”

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns has encouraged local people to Love their Lungs on a week which also marks Clean Air Day on 20th June.

The British Lung Foundation event is highlighting the fact that one in five people in Wales are living with a lung condition and a significant minority do not realise that their breathlessness may be a sign of lung disease.

Statistics show that between 13% and 14% of the population of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire are classed as suffering from respiratory problems which can include asthma or bronchitis.

Angela commented “I urge people who have not sought medical advice for breathlessness to listen to their bodies and see their GP to ensure that get the medical support that they need.

“This week also marks Clean Air Day which calls for public action to help reduce air pollution. There are many small changes to our daily lives which can reduce harmful emissions which are often a contributing factor to lung disease.

“Advice such as ensuring car tyres are suitably pumped and your vehicle is serviced regularly will help to reduce the amount of harmful emissions into our atmosphere. Additionally people can make a pledge to switch their car engine off when they are stationary which will make a massive difference to the pollutants being emitted.

“A few small changes to our actions can have a massive impact on the quality of the air that we breath.  By joining me in pledging to Love our Lungs we can all ensure that we breathe in cleaner air and reduce the damage that is done to our bodies”.