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Air Pollution and Health

Call for Papers

New Content ItemAir pollution is now considered to be the world’s largest environmental health threat. An estimated 4.2 million premature deaths globally are linked to ambient air pollution, mainly from heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections in children.

BMC Public Health has launched this collection which aims to bring together research on the health impacts of household and ambient air pollution and attributed deaths. We encourage submissions including but not limited to those which aim to:

• Understand the link between health effects and exposure to individual pollutants and multipollutants

• Understand emissions, exposures and health effects to air pollutant mixtures from near sources such as highways, industry, railyards and ports and provide solutions to reduce impacts of multipollutants on local air quality

• Develop and/or evaluate exposure reduction strategies

• Develop methods to characterize multipollutant exposures

• Assess health benefits of air pollution reduction policies

• Understand individual susceptibility to air pollutants

• Assess the efficacy of individual-level or population-level preventive measures

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Dr Hualiang Lin (Sun Yat-Sen University), Dr Om Kurmi (Coventry University) and Dr Bing Fang-Hwang (China Medical University).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Public Health.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles submitted after 15th October 2022 will be not eligible for inclusion in the collection.                 


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Meet the Guest Editors

Hualiang Lin

New Content ItemHualiang Lin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-Sen University. His research interests focus on the health effects of air pollution and meteorological factors. Contact here.

Om Kurmi

New Content ItemAfter completing his Ph.D. in the effects of air pollution on cardiorespiratory health outcomes in adults, Om Kurmi has worked on a number of prospective cohort studies that have studied the association between household and/or ambient air pollution with many health effects, particularly those cardiorespiratory-related in both children and adults. Contact here.

Bing-Fang Hwang 

New Content ItemBing-Fang Hwang is an epidemiologist with prior training in environmental and occupational medicine, environmental health sciences, and epidemiology. His scientific expertise includes translational environmental health research and the implementation of cost-efficient epidemiological design with nationwide birth/child cohort data analyses. Contact here.

  1. Air pollution is a growing public health concern of global significance. Till date, few studies have explored the associations between air pollutants and cardiac imaging phenotypes. In this study, we aim to ex...

    Authors: Congyi Zheng, Haosu Tang, Xin Wang, Zuo Chen, Linfeng Zhang, Jiayin Cai, Xue Cao, Runqing Gu, Yixin Tian, Zhen Hu, Gang Huang and Zengwu Wang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:1537
  2. Air pollution is associated with poor health; though it is unclear whether this association is stronger for ethnic minorities compared to the rest of the population. This study uses longitudinal data to invest...

    Authors: Mary Abed Al Ahad, Urška Demšar, Frank Sullivan and Hill Kulu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:897
  3. People with certain underlying respiratory and cardiovascular conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) exposure may affect the pulmonary and ca...

    Authors: Martine Elisabeth Mathieu, Joshua Gray and Jennifer Richmond-Bryant
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:423
  4. Attributes defining the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are associated with disproportionate exposures to environmental hazards and differential health outcomes among communities. The dynamics between SDo...

    Authors: Jagadeesh Puvvula, Jill A. Poole, Yeongjin Gwon, Eleanor G. Rogan and Jesse E. Bell
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:119
  5. Air pollution and several prenatal factors, such as socio-demographic, behavioural, physical activity and clinical factors influence adverse birth outcomes. The study aimed to investigate the impact of ambient...

    Authors: Aweke A. Mitku, Temesgen Zewotir, Delia North, Prakash Jeena, Kareshma Asharam, Sheena Muttoo, Hasheel Tularam and Rajen N. Naidoo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:45
  6. One out of ten deaths of children under five are attributable to indoor air pollution. And Acute Respiratory Illness (ARI) is among the direct causes.

    Authors: Mouhamadou Lamine Daffe, Salimata Thiam, Fatoumata Bah, Awa Ndong, Mathilde Cabral, Cheikh Diop, Aminata Toure, Absa Lam and Mamadou Fall
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:2327
  7. The majority of people in rural developing counties still rely on unclean and solid fuels for cooking, putting their health at risk. Adult and elderly women are most vulnerable due to prolonged exposure in coo...

    Authors: Manoj Dakua, Ranjan Karmakar and Papai Barman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:2272
  8. Ozone (O3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are the two main gaseous pollutants in the atmosphere that act as oxidants. Their short-term effects and interaction on emergency room visits (ERVs) for respiratory diseases ...

    Authors: Yuanwei Fu, Wenlou Zhang, Yan Li, Hongyu Li, Furong Deng and Qingbian Ma
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:2265
  9. Although a growing body of evidence suggests air pollution is associated with low serum vitamin D status, few studies have reported whether obesity status affects this relationship. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Byungmi Kim, Juyeon Hwang, Hyejin Lee, Gyeong Min Chae, Seyoung Kim, Hyo-Seon Kim, Bohyun Park and Hyun-Jin Kim
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1766
  10. Epidemiological studies have investigated the short-term effects of meteorological factors and air pollution on the incidence of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Several meteorological indicators, such as...

    Authors: Caiying Luo, Jian Qian, Yaqiong Liu, Qiang Lv, Yue Ma and Fei Yin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1484
  11. Residential wood combustion (RWC) is one of the largest sources of fine particles (PM2.5) in the Nordic cities. The current study aims to calculate the related health effects in four studied city areas in Sweden,...

    Authors: Hans Orru, Henrik Olstrup, Jaakko Kukkonen, Susana López-Aparicio, David Segersson, Camilla Geels, Tanel Tamm, Kari Riikonen, Androniki Maragkidou, Torben Sigsgaard, Jørgen Brandt, Henrik Grythe and Bertil Forsberg
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1286
  12. Air pollution exposure has been associated with a multitude of diseases and poses a significant concern to public health. For targeted environmental risk communication and interventions to be effective, it is ...

    Authors: Samantha Ammons, Hayley Aja, Armen A. Ghazarian, Gabriel Y. Lai and Gary L. Ellison
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1254
  13. Risk factors contributing to sepsis-related mortality include clinical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, and diabetes, all of which have also been shown to be associated with air...

    Authors: Trenton J. Honda, Fatemeh Kazemiparkouhi, Trenton D. Henry and Helen H. Suh
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:1214
  14. Meteorological factors and air pollutants have been reported to be associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) epidemics before the introduction of vaccine. However, there is limited evidence for stud...

    Authors: Hongxia Peng, Zhenhua Chen, Lin Cai, Juan Liao, Ke Zheng, Shuo Li, Xueling Ren, Xiaoxia Duan, Xueqin Tang, Xiao Wang, Lu Long and Chunxia Yang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:998
  15. With increasing knowledge on the adverse health effects of certain constituents of PM (particulate matter), such as silica, metals, insoluble ions, and black carbon, PM has been under the attention of work saf...

    Authors: T. A. M. Stege, J. F. B. Bolte, L. Claassen and D. R. M. Timmermans
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:968
  16. We hypothesize higher air pollution and fewer greenness exposures jointly contribute to metabolic syndrome (MetS), as mechanisms on cardiometabolic mortality.

    Authors: Linxin Liu, Lijing L. Yan, Yuebin Lv, Yi Zhang, Tiantian Li, Cunrui Huang, Haidong Kan, Junfeng Zhang, Yi Zeng, Xiaoming Shi and John S. Ji
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:885
  17. Previous research suggested an association between maternal exposure to ambient air pollutants and the risk of congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the effect of individual prenatal exposure to indoor air ...

    Authors: Jing Sun, Jian Wang, Jing Yang, Xin Shi, Shujing Li, Jinping Cheng, Sun Chen, Kun Sun and Yurong Wu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:767
  18. Air pollution has fast become an issue with great environmental and human health problems that can be attributed to rapid global industrialization and urbanization that has strong negative impacts on human hea...

    Authors: Siu-Kei Woo, Ben LePage, Yi-Te Chiang and Wei-Ta Fang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:761
  19. Epidemiological evidence has shown an association between long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and hypertension and diabetes, but few studies have considered the spatial properties of the samples...

    Authors: Zirong Ye, Xueru Li, Yaofeng Han, Yafei Wu and Ya Fang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:569
  20. Many epidemiological studies have reported the association between exposure to particulate matter and mortality, but long-term prospective studies from Asian populations are sparse. Furthermore, associations a...

    Authors: Norie Sawada, Tomoki Nakaya, Saori Kashima, Takashi Yorifuji, Tomoya Hanibuchi, Hadrien Charvat, Taiki Yamaji, Motoki Iwasaki, Manami Inoue, Hiroyasu Iso and Shoichiro Tsugane
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2022 22:466
  21. Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution is related to major cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and overweight, but with few studies in high-concentration nations l...

    Authors: Jianfeng Lin, Hua Zheng, Peng Xia, Xinqi Cheng, Wei Wu, Yang Li, Chaochao Ma, Guangjin Zhu, Tao Xu, Yali Zheng, Ling Qiu and Limeng Chen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2241
  22. Informal electronic waste recycling activities are major contributors to ambient air pollution, yet studies assessing the effects or relationship between direct/continuous exposure of informal e-waste workers ...

    Authors: Afua A. Amoabeng Nti, Thomas G. Robins, John Arko Mensah, Duah Dwomoh, Lawrencia Kwarteng, Sylvia A. Takyi, Augustine Acquah, Niladri Basu, Stuart Batterman and Julius N. Fobil
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2161
  23. The northern regions of Thailand have been facing haze episodes and transboundary air pollution every year in which particulate matter, particularly PM10, accumulates in the air, detrimentally affecting human hea...

    Authors: Wissanupong Kliengchuay, Rachodbun Srimanus, Wechapraan Srimanus, Sarima Niampradit, Nopadol Preecha, Rachaneekorn Mingkhwan, Suwalee Worakhunpiset, Yanin Limpanont, Kamontat Moonsri and Kraichat Tantrakarnapa
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2149
  24. Exposure to air pollution is the main risk factor for morbidity and mortality in the world. Exposure to particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤ 2.5 μm (PM2.5) is associated with cardiovascular and respirat...

    Authors: Olivia L. Chilian-Herrera, Marcela Tamayo-Ortiz, Jose L. Texcalac-Sangrador, Stephen J. Rothenberg, Ruy López-Ridaura, Martín Romero-Martínez, Robert O. Wright, Allan C. Just, Itai Kloog, Luis F. Bautista-Arredondo and Martha María Téllez-Rojo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2087
  25. In an industrial area, the asymmetry between the weights of the economic interests compared to the public-health needs can determine which interests are represented in decision-making processes. This might lea...

    Authors: Emilio A. L. Gianicolo, Marco Cervino, Antonello Russo, Susanne Singer, Maria Blettner and Cristina Mangia
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1856
  26. Severe air pollution in China threatens human health, and its negative impact decreases the urban settlement intentions of migrants in destination cities. We establish a comprehensive framework based on the pu...

    Authors: Zhihao Zhao, Xin Lao, Hengyu Gu, Hanchen Yu and Ping Lei
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1696
  27. Acne vulgaris is one of the most prevalent skin diseases responsible for dermatological consultations. Several internal and external factors can affect acne occurrence and severity. Outdoor air pollution is an...

    Authors: Claudia El Haddad, Nour-Estelle Gerbaka, Souheil Hallit and Carmen Tabet
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1664
  28. In recent years, air pollution has become an imminent problem in China. Few studies have investigated the impact of air pollution on the mortality of the middle-aged and elderly people. Therefore, this study a...

    Authors: Yuqi Chen, Zhigang Jiao, Ping Chen, Lijun Fan, Xudan Zhou, Yuepu Pu, Wei Du and Lihong Yin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1661
  29. Global asthma-related mortality tallies at around 2.5 million annually. Although asthma may be triggered or exacerbated by particulate matter (PM) exposure, studies investigating the relationship of PM and its...

    Authors: Yu-Ni Ho, Fu-Jen Cheng, Ming-Ta Tsai, Chih-Min Tsai, Po-Chun Chuang and Chi-Yung Cheng
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1593
  30. Poor air quality is the one of the biggest causes of early death and illness across the lifespan. In the UK, 28 local authorities with illegal pollution levels have been mandated by the Government to develop p...

    Authors: Rukhsana Rashid, Felisha Chong, Shahid Islam, Maria Bryant and Rosemary R. C. McEachan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1305
  31. Industrial pollution is considered to be a detrimental factor for human health. This study, therefore, explores the link between health status and industrial pollution for the top 20 industrialised countries o...

    Authors: Mohammad Mafizur Rahman, Khosrul Alam and Eswaran Velayutham
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1175
  32. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) originated in the People’s Republic of China in December 2019. Thereafter, a global logarithmic expansion of cases occurred. Some countries have a higher rate of infections ...

    Authors: Bertha V. Vasquez-Apestegui, Enrique Parras-Garrido, Vilma Tapia, Valeria M. Paz-Aparicio, Jhojan P. Rojas, Odón R. Sanchez-Ccoyllo and Gustavo F. Gonzales
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1161
  33. Several studies have been focusing on the potential role of atmospheric pollutants in the diffusion and impact on health of Covid-19. This study’s objective was to estimate the association between ≤10 μm diame...

    Authors: Valeria Pegoraro, Franca Heiman, Antonella Levante, Duccio Urbinati and Ilaria Peduto
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:902
  34. Nationwide studies that examine climatic modification effects on the association between air pollution and health outcome are limited in developing countries. Moreover, few studies focus on PM1 pollution despi...

    Authors: Huagui Guo, Xin Li, Weifeng Li, Jiansheng Wu, Siying Wang and Jing Wei
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:880
  35. PM2.5, which is a major contributor to air pollution, has large effects on lung cancer mortality. We want to analyse the long-term trends in lung cancer burden attributable to PM2.5 exposure and provide evidence ...

    Authors: Xiaomei Wu, Bo Zhu, Jin Zhou, Yifei Bi, Shuang Xu and Baosen Zhou
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:737
  36. Air pollution has been linked to increased mortality and morbidity. The Program 4 of the Healthy Aging in Industrial Environment study investigates whether the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activit...

    Authors: S. Elavsky, V. Jandačková, L. Knapová, V. Vašendová, M. Sebera, B. Kaštovská, D. Blaschová, J. Kühnová, R. Cimler, D. Vilímek, T. Bosek, J. Koenig and D. Jandačka
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:126