alexa Indoor Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health

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Indoor Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health

Air pollution significantly increases cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. During several past years, attention was drawn to Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) and its possible role as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. National Human Activity Pattern Survey (sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency) demonstrated that people spend most of their time indoors (up to 87%). While indoors, they are exposed to indoor air pollutants generated by cooking, combustion of biomass fuel (BMF, wood, charcoal, etc), use of electrical appliances, fireplaces, smoking and by ozone-associated chemical reactions involving household elements (e.g. linoleum, paint, adhesives, particle filters, ventilation ducts etc.). A significant source of Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) is smoking. Importantly, both mainstream and exhaled cigarette smoke generates fine particles (aerodynamic diameter ≤2.5 μm, PM2.5). Study of air quality in 66 US casinos revealed that in the smoking casinos means PM2.5 concentration was 53.8 μg/m3 vs. 4.3 μg/m3 outside those casinos.

 
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