Use of solid fuels is linked to increased risk of respiratory illness and death
Burning wood or coal to cook food, for a long time, is associated with 54% higher risk of hospitalization or dying from respiratory diseases, according to a cohort 2 study of 280,000 Chinese never-smokers published online Sept. 21, 2018 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Those who switched from solid fuels to clean-burning fuels reduced their risk to only 14% higher than those who never cooked with wood or coal.
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