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Respiratory: biomass smoke is a major cause of COPD worldwide, study says

One of the most common and most harmful sources of air pollution is also one of the most under-recognised and under-researched. Although smoke from domestic biomass fuel stoves constitutes the world’s most important source of indoor air pollution, it is only recently that this problem has become the subject of epidemiological study and larger-scale prevention efforts. The worst affected are women and children in developing countries, and lung disease is by far the predominant morbidity.

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