Children exposed to roadside air pollution could have their lung growth stunted by up to 14%, a study suggests.
Living within 50m of a major road could increase the risk of lung cancer by up to 10%, the paper also found.
The study of 13 cities in the UK and Poland found air pollution contributes to a higher chance of heart disease, strokes, heart failure and bronchitis.
Campaigners called on the government to commit to tackling “dangerous” air pollution in the UK.
The report written by King’s College London analysed 13 health conditions in people living in high pollution areas and compared them to the general population.
It focused not just on hospital admissions and deaths but also symptoms such as chest infections.
The study found roadside air pollution stunted lung