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P N G Med J. 2005 Sep-Dec;48(3-4):196-205.

Respiratory health effects associated with exposure to indoor wood burning in developing countries: a Papua New Guinea perspective.

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  • 1School of Natural and Physical Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby.


Some of the highest exposures to air pollutants in developing countries occur inside homes where solid biofuel, particularly wood fuel, is used for daily cooking. A relatively high proportion of the world population living in these countries is exposed to increased levels of indoor air pollutants produced by inefficiently burning stoves. Inhalation of these pollutants may have serious consequences, which are highlighted in this paper, for the respiratory health of the people who have been exposed.

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