Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health

Sarath Raju, Trishul Siddharthan, Meredith C. McCormack

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Worldwide, more than 4 million deaths annually are attributed to indoor air pollution. This largely preventable exposure represents a key target for reducing morbidity and mortality worldwide. Significant respiratory health effects are observed, ranging from attenuated lung growth and development in childhood to accelerated lung function decline and is determined by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease later in life. Personal exposure to household air pollutants include household characteristics, combustion of solid fuels, cooking practices, and household pest allergens. This review outlines important sources of indoor air pollution, their respiratory health effects, and strategies to reduce household pollution and improve lung health across the globe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-843
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Household air pollution
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Lung development
  • Lung function
  • Respiratory health effects
  • Respiratory tract infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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