STOCKHOLM, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A failure to address indoor air quality
issues is fuelling a worldwide ticking time bomb of catastrophic rising
health problems such as asthma, allergies and cancer as well as
More and more documented evidence is popping up of the threats posed by
soaring levels of particulate matter and chemicals in homes, offices
and other workspaces, warns Sweden's Blueair, a leading global
manufacturer of air purifiers.
"Outdoor and indoor airborne pollution are two sides of the same coin
although many people are oblivious to the fact that indoor air can be
up to 100 times more polluted than outside," said Johan Wennerström,
Blueair's head of technology.
Ahead of the publication of an indepth Blueair report on the issue, Mr.
Wennerström warned indoor air pollution represents a threat that may be
'as important as eradicating bird flu outbreaks for the world'.
Mr. Wennerström noted how WHO has said mortality and burden of disease
are attributable to selected major risks and that indoor air pollution
is responsible for 2.7% of the global burden of disease. He added
indoor air is contaminated as a result of external emissions,
inadequate ventilation and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The new Blueair White Paper entitled ''The threat in our indoor air',
examines the link between fine particle matter (PM2.5) in indoor air
and a wide range of health risks and diseases.
The publication notes how widespread pollution of the air by PM2.5
particles not only negatively impacts the outdoor environment in major
cities around the world, but is also sparking rising health problems by
contaminating indoor air.
"Canadian researchers have reported finding a link in asthmatic children
between indoor PM2.5 and declines in lung function, while recent
research in 10 European cities has estimated 14% of chronic childhood
asthma stems from traffic pollution near busy roads," said Mr.
Wennerström. He added it is well documented by WHO that asthma rates
are accelerating, while in Western Europe as a whole, asthma has
doubled in ten years, according to the UCB Institute of Allergy in
Mr. Wennerström said governments worldwide needed to 'act now on
tackling a problem that is already having a potentially catastrophic
impact on the health of people, especially young children who are most
at risk because their lungs are not fully developed'.
Read more about the problem of indoor air pollution and fine particle
matter (PM2.5) at http://www.blueair.com/pm2.5_indoorairpollution
For further information:
David Noble, Blueair Public Relations