Air pollution deaths underestimated

~Heart attack and stroke responsible for eight in ten deaths linked to air pollution~

The British Heart Foundation has responded to research published in the journal Nature that suggests there are thousands of unreported deaths linked to air pollution.

John Maingay, head of policy at the British Heart Foundation, said:

“This study suggests the number of deaths from air pollution has been underestimated. In the UK, heart attack and stroke account for eight in ten of all deaths linked to air pollution. A strong commitment to cleaner air would improve the UK’s heart-health and prevent the loss of thousands of lives. The evidence is now absolutely clear – tackling air pollution must be a major public health priority for the next Government.”