Special Issue "Indoor Air Pollution and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Dr. Peter Franklin
Indoor air pollution (IAP) is the most important environmental health risk factor worldwide. It is a major contributor to both mortality and morbidity, responsible for an estimated 4.3 million deaths (7.7% of global mortality) in 2012. The burden of disease from IAP is disproportionally borne by poor people in low to middle income countries (LMIC). In LMIC, indoor or household air pollution (HAP) from biomass burning for cooking and heating is a cause death for pneumonia, stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.
Indoor air pollution is also a health concern in high income countries (HIC), but the health effects attributable to IAP in HIC are far more subtle and difficult to quantify. In HIC the term “indoor air” is usually applied to nonindustrial indoor environments such as public, commercial, and office buildings, schools, private dwellings, and even vehicles. Air in these environments can contain a large variety of biological and chemical pollutants that are emitted from a range of sources including heating and cooking appliances, building materials, furnishings, paints and solvents, personal care products, cleaning agents, electronic equipment, dampness, and pets. Concentrations of pollutants in non-industrial indoor environments are generally low, but have been associated with irritant effects, respiratory symptoms, allergy, neuro-behavioural problems, and general malaise. There are still many gaps in our knowledge about IAP and health in HIC, mostly due to difficulties in obtaining good exposure estimates.
This Special Issue aims to present the latest research in IAP and health. We welcome papers on IAP and health from both LIMC and HIC. We especially welcome papers using innovative exposure assessments and study designs to better understand the health impacts of indoor pollutants and pollution mixes.Dr. Peter Franklin
Dr. Krassi Rumchev
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- indoor air pollution
- household air pollution
- biological agents
- chemical pollutants
- biomass burning
- human health
- pollution mixtures