A study of effect of domestic cooking fuel on lung functions in healthy women
Rajwinder Kaur, Dr. Nishanth PS, Lashkar, NC Kajal, NS Neki, Nadia
Majority of women living in rural area use bio mass fuel for production of domestic energy. Bio mass fuel combustion causes indoor air pollution when used inside the dwellings. Combustion products may induce various effects on lung functions. According to world health report indoor air pollution is ranked on the 10th of preventable risk factors contributing to the global burden of a disease. Around 1.5- 2 million deaths/ year are attributing to indoor air pollution, mainly affecting the children under 5 year due to acute respiratory infections; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer among women. Biomass contributes to one-fourth of the total energy consumed in India. About 78% homes rely on biomass fuels and another 3% on coal.