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Twickenham 1952

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Twickenham]

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The deaths took a sharp rise just immediately following the fog; there is
no doubt the fog hastened the deaths of quite a number of people in
Twickenham.
Prevention of Smog.
There is only one way of preventing the evil effects of smoke-laden fog
and that is by preventing the emission of smoke from chimneys. The Health
Committee have often discussed this question and at their suggestion the Council
recently rejoined the National Smoke Abatement Society. The chairman,
Alderman J. Allinson, and the Senior Sanitary Inspector, Mr. Easter, attended
the annual conference of the Smoke Abatement Society at which a discussion
took place on the evil effects of the London fog and on measures for preventing
the emission of smoke. About half the smoke poured into the atmosphere
comes from domestic hearths and amounts to some 900,000 tons per annum.
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