"An important step towards creating a zero-carbon health system."
Some asthma inhalers are as harmful to the environment as eating meat, a new study has shown.
Research from the University of Cambridge found that the most commonly used inhalers in the UK account for four percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from the NHS.
The style of metered dose inhalers contains HFA, a prominent greenhouse gas.
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This can have the same individual effect as a person who becomes keen on recycling or switching to a vegetarian diet.
"Our study shows that switching to better environmental inhalers could help people and the NHS as a whole significantly reduce their climate impact," says Dr. James Smith of the University in Cambridge.  "This is an important step towards the creation of a zero carbon health system suitable for the 21st century."
However, it is noted that any patient considering a change should consult their GP, as some people should be prescribed specific doses.
In addition, patients may also be assured that discard their properly used inhalers.
The inhalers used can be returned to pharmacies to be disposed of correctly. Similarly, half-empty inhalers should not be discarded.
If you are considering switching from any type of medication, you should always consult your doctor.