The European Environment Agency estimates that air pollution causes 44,000 premature deaths annually in Poland and that living in Warsaw year-round is the same as smoking 1,000 cigarettes.
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Poland has some the most polluted air in all of the European Union, and 33 of its 50 dirtiest cities. The problem is largely a result of the country’s love affair with coal. Like elsewhere in Poland, most of the homes in the villages below Zar Mountain are still heated by coal. Some 19 million people rely on coal for heat in winter. In all of the European Union, 80 percent of private homes using coal are in Poland.