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First are cow farts, now asthmatic patients are killing the environment, says new study – RT UK News



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.




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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.


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