New Insights in Indoor Air Pollution

Hasan Jawaid Khan


Indoor air pollution is often a cause for concern in unventilated and cramped indoor spaces. Generally, indoor air pollution is believed to occur due to the burning of inefficient stoves in poor households and from smoking tobacco products. However, some other sources of indoor air pollution also include building materials and furnishings, upholstery or carpet, asbestos-containing insulation, products for household cleaning and maintenance and even personal care, central heating and, of course, outdoor air pollution.

According to the WHO, household air pollution was responsible for an estimated 3.2 million deaths in 2020, including over 237,000 deaths of children under the age of 5. Exposure to household air pollution leads to non-communicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic the SARS-CoV-2 virus was also shown to be easily transmitted within closed spaces…read more on NOPR