‘Doing old folks' lungs a solid?’ Who burns solid fuels among older Irish adults and its links to health

January 25, 2024

Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 110, April 2024, 103454

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This article explores the relationship between solid fuel heating and respiratory and circulatory disease using data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). It finds a strong association between open fire use and respiratory disease morbidity even when controlling for socio-demographic characteristics, childhood health history, and smoking behaviour, while this was not the case for circulatory disease.