The information was found in a research work conducted by Pune-based Chest Research Foundation.
“Our experiment showed that the use of one mosquito coil for eight hours is equivalent to the smoking of 100 cigarettes,” BioScholar, NDTV and Times of India reported on Thursday quoting its director Sandeep Salvi as saying at a New Delhi conference on air pollution.
The event was organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), along with the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Indian Medical Association.
Salvi said there is a lack of awareness about the impact of air pollution on human health.
Pointing out the “lack of research culture” among Indian doctors, he said that indoor air pollution too is a health risk factor.
Participants at the event, which included doctors and health researchers, also spoke about vehicular air pollution in the Indian capital.
According to estimates, about 55 percent of Delhi’s population lives within 500 metres from main roads — and is, therefore, prone to a variety of physical disorders, NDTV said.
“The vehicular pollution is a major concern for the environment. The rising incidents of genetic disorder have a lot to do with air pollution,” said Sanjeev Bagai, the chief executive officer of Batra Hospitals.
India loses one million children under five because of respiratory problems every year, he added.
Bagai said industries also contribute to the air pollution and these need to be shifted out of the capital.