Reducing Indoor Air Pollution on Women's Respiratory...

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Reducing Indoor Air Pollution on Women's Respiratory...

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:03 pm
Effect of Reducing Indoor Air Pollution on Women's Respiratory Symptoms and Lung Function: The RESPIRE Randomized Trial, Guatemala
Tone Smith-Sivertsen, Esperanza Díaz, Dan Pope, Rolv T. Lie, Anaite Díaz, John McCracken, Per Bakke, Byron Arana, Kirk R. Smith and Nigel Bruce


"Our study of young Mayan women confirmed that households adopting the use of improved stoves (planchas) had a significant reduction in carbon monoxide exposure during an 18-month period (19).

The prevalence of chronic respiratory symptoms, especially wheeze, was reduced among women in the plancha group, but their lung function did not differ significantly from that of women who were still using open fires after a period of 12–18 months."

"...the most probable reasons for our spirometry findings by intervention group were the young age of the participants (who had normal lung function at the start of the study) and the relatively short follow-up period."
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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