Research by PKU School of Public Health Finds Solid Fuel Use Increases Mortality

APR . 18 2018
Peking University, April 18, 2018: A group led by Prof. Li Liming of Peking University School of Public Health found that use of solid fuels was associated with increased risks of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. The research, which was conducted in collaboration with a group led by Professor Wu Tangchun of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, was published on The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on April 3 (

With information drawn from the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB), the researchers analyzed data from a 7.2-year follow-up of over 270,000 adults in five rural areas in China, and found that use of solid fuels for cooking increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality by 20% and 11%, while use of solid fuels for cooking was associated with increased risks of 29% and 14% respectively. Such risks, as were observed, could be lowered by switching from solid to clean fuels or using ventilation.

As an issue of major social concern, air pollution constitutes a heated topic in health research. However, compared with ambient air pollution, few studies have been done about household air pollution from solid fuel use. Findings from this research were therefore significant in that they established Chinese population-based evidence for developing effective interventions in this regard.

Written by: Fan Xiaofei

Edited by: Zhang Jiang
Source: PUHSC Office of Research Affairs