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Indoor air pollution and the lungs – Fact Sheet for Adults & Children

Indoor air pollution and the lungs – Fact Sheet for Adults & ChildrenMost people think of pollution as the smog they see outside when pollution levels are high. Almost everyone knows that outdoor pollution can damage health. But not many people realise that pollution indoors can also affect them.

How much time do you spend indoors? Do you think it is about half your day or a little less? Now think about it more carefully. Include all the time you spend in your house, your office, your school, and in shops and restaurants. We actually spend about 90% of our time inside, so indoor air is very important for our health.

Poor indoor air quality has been linked to lung diseases – such as asthma and allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer – and affects other parts of the body. People who already have a lung disease are more likely to be affected by indoor air pollution and those with severe disease are also likely to spend more time indoors.

The aim of this factsheet is to describe the main sources of indoor air pollution, what causes the problem and what we can all do to reduce the risk of ill health from indoor air pollution.

There are factsheets for both adults and children in English, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian. Indoor air pollution and the lungs – Fact Sheet for Adults & Children

Last updated on 30 June 2011

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