Air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. We've worked with Tower Hamlets Together to collect practical actions for you and your family that can help.
Discover the side streets - Use quieter roads and paths to keep away from heavy polluting traffic
Cars and vans can make lots of pollution. Where you can try to chose paths that stay away from busy roads. Perhaps walk through a park, or take a road that runs behind the main road.
Leave the car behind - Encourage your whole family to walk, cycle and scoot more
Cars create pollution, and there can be more pollution inside a car than outside it. By choosing active travel and using public transport rather than cars you can reduce pollution for you and for others.
Check the forecast - Find out what the air pollution levels will be near your tomorrow.
Visit AirText to find out what the pollution levels are expected to be for today and tomorrow. You can also sign up for free alerts by text message to keep you up to date on the pollution forecast for Tower Hamlets. This can help you to plan what actions you can take the next day.
Turn the engine off - When you do need to use a car, ask the driver to turn the engine off when the car isn't moving.
Sometimes we have to use cars or taxis to get around, but when we do we can make a difference by turning the engine off when we can, especially when you are waiting for somoeone, like at a school or at the shops.
Keep the air clean inside too - Use low chemical and non-smelly products, and keep your indoor air clean by using extractor fans.
When cooking, cleaning or drying clothes, try to open windows if they are not near main roads.
Look for cleaning products that are described as "low odour" or that don't use artificial fragrances. Be careful when using products like bleach to use them in small quantities and ventilllate well and follow the instructions on the pack. Products that are applied as sprays will evaporate into the air quicker, so consider avoiding these where possible. Alternative cleaning products, such as diluted vinegar or baking soda can also be good alternatives.
Avoid smoking inside your house. If you need support to help quit, visit Quit Right Tower Hamlets.
Tower Hamlets Together is the borough's vision of a seamless health and care experience for its citizens. It is made up of a partnership of local health and social care organisations, including Barts Health NHS Trust, Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, Tower Hamlets council and the Council for Voluntary Services.