Carbon monoxide

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I RECENTLY (two months ago) gave up smoking, having previously been a fairly heavy smoker.

As part of the support package offered by my GP I have regular carbon monoxide (CO) level checks.

The expectation was that my CO levels would drop to around zero once I stopped smoking.

Although there has been a small reduction, they haven’t dropped anything like as much as expected – I am still recording 8 or 9ppm, the same level as expected as a medium smoker.

This can sometimes be caused by living in poor conditions with defective heating appliances.

However, since I am a street person this is clearly not the case – the only possible source of this CO is atmospheric pollution.

From a man who spends most of his time in the countryside or right alongside the sea, in areas with relatively low pollution levels, not, as our children do, running around in urban areas, sitting at home or being transported in cars.

There was a time when people came to Worthing to take the fresh sea air.

Not any more, it would appear. You, and your children, are inhaling as much CO as a smoker every day. And this is not to mention all of the other toxins in the atmosphere.

I would be interested to hear from anyone else in a similar situation in order that I can construct a model of this pollution to see how bad the situation really is.

Andrew Duggan

St Clare’s

Marine Place

Worthing