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Study reveals a link between household air pollution and asthma and hay fever in children

Study reveals a link between household air pollution and asthma and hay fever in children

Researchers have shown that children living in homes with high levels of indoor air pollution are more likely to experience asthma and hay fever.

The study, presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in the USA, focused on 140 households with children in India, half of which had at least one child with asthma and/or hay fever symptoms, and the other half did not.

Researchers measured the levels of air pollutants, including passive smoke and emissions from the burning of fuels for cooking and heating, in each household. They found that levels of indoor air pollution were twice as high in households with children suffering from asthma and allergies than those without.

These findings highlight the importance of reducing children’s exposure to air pollution within the home.

This year’s Healthy Lungs for Life campaign focuses on the importance of having air that is free from pollution, passive smoke, dangerous gases and other toxins that can affect the airways. Visit the Healthy Lungs for Life website to find events in your area and find out how you can support the campaign. 

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