One of the major environmental related issues is indoor air pollution. This pollution can be due to the use of solid fuel for cooking and heating purposes. As a matter of fact, half of all the population in the world uses this kind of fuel. More than three billion people worldwide still use solid fuels. These include fossil fuel coal, biomass fuels of cow dung, wood, logging wastes, and crop wastes.
1- The major concern is the open stove that is utilized, especially in developing countries. This kind of pollution has been affected people for years. As a matter if fact, according to a study done by Dr. Skolnik, “it is thought, in fact, that indoor air pollution is responsible for about 700,000 of the 2.7 million annual deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and about 15% of all deaths from lung cancer”.
2- When it comes to young children, it has been estimated that indoor air pollution is the biggest killer for this subpopulation and causes 2 million annual deaths.
3- Indoor air pollution is the 8th most important risk factor that is responsible for the 2.7% of the global burden of disease.
4- Indoor smokes contain small particles like carbon monoxide, leading to health damages. These particles’ concentration is estimated to be 20 times higher than accepted guideline values.
5- There is an underestimation of the actual burden of this disease.
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