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Air pollution deaths in Bucks set to rise

Air pollution deaths in Bucks set to rise

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:43am 14th January 2020.

The British Heart Foundation wants people in Buckinghamshire to know the dangers of air pollution. 

New calculations by the BHF show that heart and circulatory disease  deaths linked to air pollution are set to rise. 

In Buckinghamshire over the next decade as many as 1,600 deaths could be attributed to it. 

BHF's new campaign 'You're so full of it' highlights the dangerous levels people are unknowingly inhaling every day. 

The charity says that air pollution presents a 'major public health emergency' that needs to be dealt with urgently.

It is urging the government to look at the World Health Organisations (WHO) guidelines on particular matter and adopt them into law. 

It is estimated that up to 11,000 heart and circulatory disease deaths are caused by particular air pollution in the UK every year. 

Dr Mark Miller, a British Heart Foundation-funded researcher specialising in air pollution, said:  

 "Air pollution is a serious public health issue which affects us all, and evidence of the negative impact toxic air has on our health is increasing all the time. Our research has found that air pollution damages our blood vessels, increasing our risk of blood clots, and in turn heart attacks and stroke. 
 
"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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