Charity warns of Devon toxic air deaths

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2020

It's estimated that up to 11,000 heart and circulatory disease deaths are attributable to particulate air pollution in the United Kingdom every year.

Air pollution will cause 160,000 fatal strokes and heart attacks in the next decade unless the Government acts to clean up Britain's dirty air, experts have warned.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which compiled the figures, said there are an estimated 11,000 deaths per year at the moment but this will rise as the population continues to age.

The organisation suggests air pollution can make existing heart conditions worse, increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke and lead to toxic particles building up inside the body.

The charity says it presents a "major public health emergency" which must be urgently addressed.

There are now calls for the government to enforce much stricter rules on air quality and people have been urged to contact their MPs to demand change.

More than 160,000 people in the United Kingdom could die from conditions caused by air pollution over the next decade, according to a charity.

It has also launched a new campaign, "You're full of it", showing how we're all inhaling unsafe levels of polluted air every day.

"Decision makers across the country owe it to future generations to help prevent this alarming figure from becoming a reality".

The British Heart Foundation is calling for "bold action" to improve air quality.

The UK registers for European Union limitations for great particle issue (PM2.5)- the contaminant with one of the most well-known web link to health and wellness damages- of 25 micrograms per meter cubed as a yearly standard.

It is calling for World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on particulate matter (PM) to be adopted in to United Kingdom law, and met by 2030.

However, the limits set by the World Health Organization are more stringent than the EU's.

Dr Mark Miller, a BHF researcher specialising in air pollution, said: 'Our research has found that air pollution damages our blood vessels, increasing our risk of blood clots, and in turn heart attacks and stroke.

West added: legislation Clean Air legislation in the 50s and 60s, and more recently the ban on smoking in public places, show that government action can improve the air we breathe.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "We all know the impact that air pollution has on communities around the United Kingdom, which is why the Government is stepping up the pace and taking urgent action to improve air quality".

"While there is no safe level of air pollution exposure, adopting stricter guidelines will do a great deal to protect our health, allowing people to live healthier lives for longer".

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