UK asthma inhalers will soon be CFC free

How many of the UK's millions of asthma sufferers know that their inhalers currently contribute to the destruction of the earth's ozone layer? But there is good news. Environmentally-unfriendly inhalers are on the way out, according to the UK's Environment Minister.

Currently exempt from restrictions on the use of CFCs, on the grounds that asthma inhalers are medical equipment, Michael Meacher has announced the phasing-out of CFCs in inhalers over the next three years.

More than 39 million inhalers are used annually in the UK, requiring some 800 tonnes of CFCs in their production.

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