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Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci. 1994 Apr-Jun;36(2):61-72.

Domestic smoke pollution and prevalence of chronic bronchitis/asthma in a rural area of Kashmir.

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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir.


An increased prevalence of chronic bronchitis (12.21%) was observed in Gujjar females of a rural area of Kashmir valley in this study. Screening of adult population of two randomly selected village showed an overall prevalence rate of 7.7% for chronic bronchitis and 1.96% for asthma. This increased prevalence of chronic bronchitis was attributed to exposure to domestic smoke pollution, lower socio-economic status, illiteracy, poor housing conditions and overcrowding.

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