Nearly half the world’s people cook over wood, charcoal or coal fires. Indoor cook stoves, commonly used by women and children in developing countries, expose people to smoke with high concentrations of pollutants.
The World Health Organization estimates that 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from illnesses related to indoor air pollution from cook stoves. Pregnant women who breathe the toxic smoke are prone to have babies with low birth weights. Cook-stove smoke also causes childhood asthma and pneumonia, lung cancer and other lung diseases.
Efforts are underway to bring cleaner, safer cooking technology to millions.