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Global Health
December 21, 2011

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2553. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1807

Indoor air pollution from primitive cooking stoves used throughout the developing world contributes to nearly 2 million deaths a year. However, efforts to introduce clean, efficient, and affordable stoves are under way, according to a report from US experts at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md (Martin WJ et al. Science. 2011;334[6053]:180-181).

Inefficient cooking stoves, which burn materials such as wood, dung, or coal as fuel, fill homes with dense smoke that puts residents at risk for pneumonia, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Women and children, who spend more time at home than men, are at greatest risk for the adverse health effects from these fires.

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