Woodsmoke from Cooking Fires Linked to Pneumonia, Cognitive Impacts

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2011)

"This study is critically important because it provides compelling evidence that reducing household woodsmoke exposure is a public health intervention that is likely on a par with vaccinations and nutrition supplements for reducing severe pneumonia, and is worth investing in," said Kirk Smith, professor of global environmental health at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and principal investigator of the RESPIRE (Randomized Exposure Study of Pollution Indoors and Respiratory Effects) study.

Kirk R Smith et al. Effect of reduction in household air pollution on childhood pneumonia in Guatemala (RESPIRE): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, Nov 12, 2011 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60921-5