In ANYTHING on September 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

The World Bank estimates that breathing kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and two-thirds of adult females with lung cancer in developing nations are non-smokers.

Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting in rural areas of Asia and Africa where electrical distribution is either not available, or too costly for widespread use.

Yet using kerosene for lighting is extremely inefficient, dangerous and expensive, and it has extensive health and environmental drawbacks.

Facts about kerosene

  • Also known as paraffin and sometimes dyed purple
  • UN figures show that kerosene used for lighting alone is worth $48bn per year
  • About 77 billion litres is consumed every year, which equates to 1.3 million barrels of oil per day
  • The Amish, who abstain from the use of electricity, rely on kerosene for lighting at night
  • The Indian government subsidises the fuel to keep the price very low as lower prices discourage using forests for cooking fuel


adapted from BBC News


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