The latest estimates from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation put the number of household pollution related deaths globally at around 1.6 million out of a total of three million deaths related to poor air quality, so it is a significant contributor.
With three billion people around the world relying on solid fuels for cooking and heating in their homes, concentrated in parts of Asia, Latin America, and specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is a problem that requires an urgent solution. Fortunately, there is a solution that is already available in the form of LPG, that can go a long way to mitigating this death toll.
When solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, biomass and kerosene are burned in traditional stoves for cooking and heating homes, the incomplete combustion results in emissions of a whole range of different health damaging pollutants, including carbon monoxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These pollutants are known to be associated with a range of cancers and respiratory diseases.
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