Indoor smoke is a problem caused by fires used for cooking and lighting - e.g. kerosene lamps, kerosene stoves, and open dung fires. This is a major public health issue in poor countries.

Indoor smoke is a very severe form of indoor air pollution, causing health problems such as respiratory disease and eye disease, which are major causes of death and disability.

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Improved cook stoves and renewable energy lighting are important tools in the fight against indoor smoke.

Education is also an issue - where people have grown up with traditional methods, and burning of rubbish and organic waste is a regular activity, people may be accustomed to smoke and not regard it as harmful, or even regard a certain amount of smoke as good for keeping away insects. (If insects are an issue, other methods of protecting from pests must be found, together with the community.)

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