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Household air quality in high-income countries: forgotten but not gone

Summary

A great deal of the burden of lung disease in the world has been linked to factors in the environment. The Commission in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine highlights that household air pollution, which is produced by the use of biomass (or solid) fuels, is one of the biggest threats to lung health. Most of the burden of household air pollution is noted in low-income and middle-income countries, where solid fuels are routinely used by most of the population for cooking and heating. However, high-income countries also have substantial problems related to indoor air quality, although the nature of the threat is somewhat different.

Schluger S. Household air quality in high-income countries: forgotten but not gone. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Early Online Publication, 3 September 2014.

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