The first Smog Alert was established in Krakow, in 2012. The actions taken by Kraków Smog Alert have contributed to raising public awareness of air quality issues and their importance.
Consequently, in 2016 Kraków became the first city in Poland to introduce a ban on solid fuel heating in low power boilers. The ban came into force in 2019. Elimination of coal and wood heating cut dust and carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene concentrations by more than half.This translated into unprecedented air quality improvement – particulate matter and benzo[a]pyrene pollution fell by half.
Kraków Smog Alert was soon joined by a network of Local Smog Alerts. Thanks to their joint efforts: