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Pollution text alerts for asthma sufferers

People with asthma who live and work in London can now receive free air pollution alerts to their mobile, home phone or computer.

OnMedica staff

Friday, 30 March 2007

People with asthma who live and work in London can now receive free air pollution alerts to their mobile, home phone or computer.

The airTEXT service sends a text message, email or voice message to registered users when pollution levels are forecast to be moderate, high or very high.

Signed-up users receive the alert the evening before high pollution levels are forecast or can opt to receive an alert on the morning of a high pollution forecast.

The service is partly funded by a European Space Agency/EU project called PROMOTE, which aims to make better use of satellite technology for the benefit of the environment.

Kate Jarvis, Asthma UK's health promotion manager, said the scheme would be a useful tool and added: "Air pollution is a common asthma trigger, so we welcome anything that provides a simple, convenient way for people with asthma to keep track of air quality levels in their local area - particularly with summer on the way, when pollution levels tend to be higher."

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