Indoor air pollution and pulmonary function in children

Biomed Environ Sci. 1992 Jun;5(2):136-41.


Pulmonary function in winter time in 1,343 school children aged 10-13 years was measured in four cities located in northern and southern part of China. The results showed that FVC, FEV1, PEF, V75, V50 and V25 in children living in homes with coal stoves were decreased by 1.5-10.7% compared with children living in homes with gas or LPG stoves in Chengde and Shanghai. In contrast to this, no significant difference in pulmonary function was found in Shenyang and Wuhan. It suggested that this phenomenon was related to indoor air pollution, and partly related to passive smoking or outdoor air pollution.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • China
  • Coal*
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiology*
  • Male
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Smoke / adverse effects*
  • Vital Capacity


  • Coal
  • Smoke