Legal ruling on air pollution

19 November 2014        

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The British Heart Foundation has welcomed a legal ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union ordering immediate action to cut air pollution levels in the UK which will protect the nation’s heart health.

Today’s ruling follows last year’s hearing at the UK Supreme Court where the UK Government was found to be in breach of its legal duty to comply with the European Union’s 2010 nitrogen dioxide limits in 16 different cities and regions.

The public expect the air we breathe to be safe. Officials must act now to improve the quality of the air we breathe.


People with heart conditions are vulnerable to air pollution as it can make existing conditions worse and increase the risk of a heart attack.

The public expect the air we breathe to be safe. Officials must act now to improve the quality of the air we breathe

Maura Gillespie, our Interim Programme Director for Policy and Advocacy, said: “This judgement means the UK Government is finally being held to account for their breach of air pollution limits.

“Breathing certain pollutants is proven to exacerbate existing heart conditions and put vulnerable people at greater risk of a heart attack.

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