In a breathtaking tale, a new government report suggests that people with asthma can reduce their carbon footprint by switching to greener medicines, but the proposal has provoked outrage on social media.
Of the 50 million inhalers prescribed in the UK in 2017 for approximately five million asthmatic patients, seven in ten have released greenhouse gas hydrofluoroalkane, which is used as a fuel to deliver the drug to the lungs.
A new report from a team at the University of Cambridge suggests that switching to a different type of inhaler may be as great for the environment as it is to become vegetarian or engage in fervent recycling, although patients should consult a physician their before they switch.
The so-called 'dose inhalers' represent 4% NHS 'greenhouse gas emissions and researchers suggest replacing only every ten of these dry powder inhalers would reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 58 kilotonnes, equivalent to 180,000 car journeys from London to Edinburgh
individual level, they claim it would be o the same as cutting meat from your diet by saving the Earth between 150 and 400 kg of carbon dioxide.
It is not surprising that the report was met with outrage online. Many criticize targeting people with chronic and potentially life-threatening illness in the same way that multinational corporations are targeted.
Dry powder inhalers are bloody difficult to use when shaking and unable to breathe.
This suspension of disabled people using plastic straws at first. we continue following asthma patients and asking them to change their inhalers to "save the planet" " writes an angry Twitter user, in a mood shared by many.
" No. I do not switch because I'm an asthmatic, I don't use hair spray, aerosol deodorant or other aerosol sprays. This saves the environment. While everyone else does their best to prevent #ClimateChange I don't change inhalers, " another answer came.
"The reason people use gas inhalers instead of dry powder is because you may not have the power of fing to take life-saving medicines," pointed out another person .
Some were more emphatic in their remarks. "It's simple, the king will die," one commenter asked, while another said, "" Oh, I'm sorry I was born with lungs and I need these drugs . "
Although a select few received the news with meaningless, bright wit: the breath without the doubt will also help. ”
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