Cooking food with wood or coal is associated with increased risk of hospitalization or even dying from respiratory diseases.
According to a recent study in China, solid fuels like wood, coal or other solid fuels to cook their food emit very high amount of pollutants.
The result was adjusted to account for age, sex, socio-economic status, passive smoking, alcohol drinking, diet, physical activity, and obesity.
Ka Hung Chan, lead author said, “While many previous studies have suggested a link between solid fuel use and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD ), most of them focused on changes in lung function, rather than hospital admissions or deaths.”
The study found a weaker association between burning wood or coal in a cookstove and COPD.
Zhengming Chen, the senior author said, “Although we cannot infer a causal relationship from these observational findings, our findings make a compelling case to speed up the global implementation of universal access to affordable clean energy, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published the full findings.