Exposure to household air pollution from biomass cookstoves and self-reported symptoms among women in rural Honduras

Ethan S. Walker, Maggie L. Clark, Bonnie N. Young, Sarah Rajkumar, Megan L. Benka-Coker, Annette M. Bachand, Robert D. Brook, Tracy L. Nelson, John Volckens, Stephen J. Reynolds, Christian L’Orange, Sebastian Africano, Anibal B. Osorto Pinel, Nicholas Good, Kirsten Koehler, Jennifer L. Peel

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Household air pollution from combustion of solid fuels is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality, causing an estimated 2.6 million premature deaths globally in 2016. Self-reported health symptoms are a meaningful measure of quality of life, however, few studies have evaluated symptoms and quantitative measures of exposure to household air pollution. We assessed the cross-sectional association of self-reported symptoms and exposures to household air pollution among women in rural Honduras using stove type (traditional [n = 76]; cleaner-burning Justa [n = 74]) and 24-hour average personal and kitchen fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations. The odds of prevalent symptoms were higher among women using traditional stoves vs Justa stoves (e.g. headache: odds ratio = 2.23; 95% confidence interval = 1.13–4.39). Associations between symptoms and measured PM2.5 were generally consistent with the null. These results add to the evidence suggesting reduced exposures and better health-related quality of life among women using cleaner-burning biomass stoves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-173
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020


  • Particulate matter
  • health
  • respiratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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