Domestic smoke pollution and prevalence of chronic bronchitis/asthma in a rural area of Kashmir

Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci. Apr-Jun 1994;36(2):61-72.

Abstract

An increased prevalence of chronic bronchitis (12.21%) was observed in Gujjar females of a rural area of Kashmir valley in this study. Screening of adult population of two randomly selected village showed an overall prevalence rate of 7.7% for chronic bronchitis and 1.96% for asthma. This increased prevalence of chronic bronchitis was attributed to exposure to domestic smoke pollution, lower socio-economic status, illiteracy, poor housing conditions and overcrowding.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / etiology
  • Bronchitis / epidemiology*
  • Bronchitis / etiology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Environmental Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Smoke / adverse effects*
  • Social Class

Substances

  • Smoke