Dan Norbäck, Juan Wang
European Respiratory Journal 2021 57: 2003520; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.03520-2020
In modern society, we spend most of our time indoors, especially in the home environment. Since most studies on respiratory effects of household air pollution (HAP) have investigated children, more studies are needed on HAP and adult respiratory health, especially prospective studies. One review concluded that the indoor factors most consistently associated with adult asthma include fuel combustion, dampness and mould, and second hand tobacco smoke (SHS) . Another recent review concluded that SHS increases the risk of asthma exacerbations, respiratory symptoms and healthcare utilisation, and that other indoor pollutants, such as heating sources and mould, can negatively impact the course of asthma .
Household air pollution (HAP) can influence adult respiratory health. More prospective studies are needed, taking into account combined effects and patterns of HAP exposure, and gene-environment interactions. https://bit.ly/3lXc3g7
Conflict of interest: D. Norbäck has nothing to disclose.
Conflict of interest: J. Wang has nothing to disclose.