Apr 07, 2015
Type: Factsheet
Topic: Health
Country: Global
More than 40% of the world’s population - or almost 3 billion people – still rely on solid fuels for their cooking and heating needs. Daily exposure to toxic smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. Penetrating deep into the lungs of its victims, household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels is responsible for 4.3 premature million deaths – exceeding deaths attributable to malaria or tuberculosis, with women and children the most affected. It also causes a range of deadly chronic and acute health effects such as child pneumonia, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, as well as low birth-weights in children whose exposure starts in the womb.