Your home and your lungs

Who's at risk from poor indoor air quality?

This varies from person to person, understandably. If you’ve got COPD or another long-term lung condition, you’re more likely to be affected by poor air quality.

Chris living with COPD at home

You're also likely to spend more time indoors, and have more contact with things that affect the quality of the air you breathe. These could be factors such as cigarette smoke, cleaning materials or mould.

Children are particularly sensitive to poor indoor air quality. Their lungs are proportionally larger than ours in relation to their body weight, so they breathe in more.

Plus, their immune systems are still developing, so they are less able to fight off any problems that arise from polluted indoor air.

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Last medically reviewed: September 2015. Due for review: September 2018

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.