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Asthmatic symptoms among pupils in relation to winter indoor and outdoor air pollution in schools in Taiyuan, China.

Zhao Z, Zhang Z, Wang Z, Ferm M, Liang Y, Norbäck D - Environ. Health Perspect. (2008)

Bottom Line: Outdoor levels were two to three times higher.Controlling for possible confounders, either wheeze or daytime or nocturnal attacks of breathlessness were positively associated with SO2, NO2, or formaldehyde.In addition, ETS and new furniture at home were risk factors for wheeze, daytime breathlessness, and respiratory infections.

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Affiliation: Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital and Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. zhuohui.zhao@medsci.uu.se

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Background: There are few studies on associations between children's respiratory heath and air pollution in schools in China. The industrial development and increased traffic may affect the indoor exposure to air pollutants in school environment. Moreover, there is a need to study respiratory effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and emissions from new building materials in homes in China.

Objectives: We studied the associations between pupils' asthmatic symptoms and indoor and outdoor air pollution in schools, as well as selected home exposures, in a coal-burning city in north China.

Methods: A questionnaire survey was administered to pupils (11-15 years of age) in 10 schools in urban Taiyuan, collecting data on respiratory health and selected home environmental factors. Indoor and outdoor school air pollutants and climate factors were measured in winter.

Results: A total of 1,993 pupils (90.2%) participated; 1.8% had cumulative asthma, 8.4% wheezing, 29.8% had daytime attacks of breathlessness. The indoor average concentrations of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and formaldehyde by class were 264.8, 39.4, 10.1, and 2.3 microg/m3, respectively. Outdoor levels were two to three times higher. Controlling for possible confounders, either wheeze or daytime or nocturnal attacks of breathlessness were positively associated with SO2, NO2, or formaldehyde. In addition, ETS and new furniture at home were risk factors for wheeze, daytime breathlessness, and respiratory infections.

Conclusions: Indoor chemical air pollutants of mainly outdoor origin could be risk factors for pupils' respiratory symptoms at school, and home exposure to ETS and chemical emissions from new furniture could affect pupils' respiratory health.

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Mentions: Ten junior high schools were arbitrarily selected in December 2004 within urban areas of Taiyuan city (3 million inhabitants), situated at 500 km southwest of Beijing (Figure 1). Taiyuan is one of the most heavily polluted cities in the world, and Shanxi province is the major coal mining area, with two-thirds of China’s domestic coal production. The headmasters of 10 selected schools were contacted, and all agreed to participate.


Asthmatic symptoms among pupils in relation to winter indoor and outdoor air pollution in schools in Taiyuan, China.

Zhao Z, Zhang Z, Wang Z, Ferm M, Liang Y, Norbäck D - Environ. Health Perspect. (2008)

Map of the 10 selected schools in urban areas in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. Modified from Taiyuan Urban Planning Committee (2007).
© Copyright Policy - public-domain
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2199281&req=5

f1-ehp0116-000090: Map of the 10 selected schools in urban areas in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. Modified from Taiyuan Urban Planning Committee (2007).
Mentions: Ten junior high schools were arbitrarily selected in December 2004 within urban areas of Taiyuan city (3 million inhabitants), situated at 500 km southwest of Beijing (Figure 1). Taiyuan is one of the most heavily polluted cities in the world, and Shanxi province is the major coal mining area, with two-thirds of China’s domestic coal production. The headmasters of 10 selected schools were contacted, and all agreed to participate.

Bottom Line: Outdoor levels were two to three times higher.Controlling for possible confounders, either wheeze or daytime or nocturnal attacks of breathlessness were positively associated with SO2, NO2, or formaldehyde.In addition, ETS and new furniture at home were risk factors for wheeze, daytime breathlessness, and respiratory infections.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital and Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. zhuohui.zhao@medsci.uu.se

ABSTRACT

Background: There are few studies on associations between children's respiratory heath and air pollution in schools in China. The industrial development and increased traffic may affect the indoor exposure to air pollutants in school environment. Moreover, there is a need to study respiratory effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and emissions from new building materials in homes in China.

Objectives: We studied the associations between pupils' asthmatic symptoms and indoor and outdoor air pollution in schools, as well as selected home exposures, in a coal-burning city in north China.

Methods: A questionnaire survey was administered to pupils (11-15 years of age) in 10 schools in urban Taiyuan, collecting data on respiratory health and selected home environmental factors. Indoor and outdoor school air pollutants and climate factors were measured in winter.

Results: A total of 1,993 pupils (90.2%) participated; 1.8% had cumulative asthma, 8.4% wheezing, 29.8% had daytime attacks of breathlessness. The indoor average concentrations of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and formaldehyde by class were 264.8, 39.4, 10.1, and 2.3 microg/m3, respectively. Outdoor levels were two to three times higher. Controlling for possible confounders, either wheeze or daytime or nocturnal attacks of breathlessness were positively associated with SO2, NO2, or formaldehyde. In addition, ETS and new furniture at home were risk factors for wheeze, daytime breathlessness, and respiratory infections.

Conclusions: Indoor chemical air pollutants of mainly outdoor origin could be risk factors for pupils' respiratory symptoms at school, and home exposure to ETS and chemical emissions from new furniture could affect pupils' respiratory health.

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