Respiratory health effects associated with exposure to indoor wood burning in developing countries: a Papua New Guinea perspective

P N G Med J. Sep-Dec 2005;48(3-4):196-205.


Some of the highest exposures to air pollutants in developing countries occur inside homes where solid biofuel, particularly wood fuel, is used for daily cooking. A relatively high proportion of the world population living in these countries is exposed to increased levels of indoor air pollutants produced by inefficiently burning stoves. Inhalation of these pollutants may have serious consequences, which are highlighted in this paper, for the respiratory health of the people who have been exposed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor / adverse effects*
  • Developing Countries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Humans
  • Papua New Guinea / epidemiology
  • Respiration Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Respiration Disorders / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoke / adverse effects*
  • Wood


  • Smoke