Inefficient stoves contribute to 2 million deaths a year – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Inefficient stoves create indoor or household air pollution.
Collins: Almost two million people a year die as a consequence of that indoor air pollution exposure.
Narrator: Dr. Francis Collins is director of the NIH.
Collins: Particularly tragically many of them are children under the age of five who die of pneumonia induced by this very heavy exposure to the soot that builds up in those homes … and affects their lungs. Others who die are … women because they spend more time in the home over the fire and they end up with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease just like somebody who's been a long-term smoker or lung cancer.
Narrator: For details on this complex problem, visit the website cleancookstoves.org. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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