For want of a dollar a year

Warwick, Hugh
December 2003
New Scientist;12/6/2003, Vol. 180 Issue 2424, p22
Cooking on traditional stoves poses a serious health risks and can be held as one of the main culprits to kill children and women. In fact, across the developing world it is the fourth biggest cause of death and disease. research by the United Nations Development Program indicates that people who cook on traditional stoves end up inhaling the equivalent of two cigarette packets' worth of toxic chemicals each day. Hence children exposed to cooking smoke are two to three times as likely to contract an acute lower respiratory infection such as pneumonia as those who breathe clean air and women are up to four times as likely to suffer from a long-term obstructive pulmonary diseases such as chronic bronchitis.


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