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Clean air is vital to health and wellbeing. It is one of the key World Health Organization (WHO) Determinants of Health and without it our lungs suffer and ill health follows.

Compliance with environmental regulations governing air quality is essential for good health. Most of the important public health achievements of the twentieth and twenty-first century have been achieved with the support of legislation, and legislation will therefore continue to be an important tool and driver in facilitating improvements in the health of the population.

Healthy Ireland states that one of the main threats to the health of the population is air pollution, so all reasonable precautions, such as the banning of smoky coal, are vital to our overall wellbeing. Indeed, the health of the population is inextricably linked to a healthy environment, which in turn relies for its survival on clean air. Protecting the public involves engagement with statutory bodies involved in the regulation for clean air, further details of which can be found here.

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