Particulate air pollution and mortality in a cohort of Chinese men. Academic Article uri icon


  • Few prior cohort studies exist in developing countries examining the association of ambient particulate matter (PM) with mortality. We examined the association of particulate air pollution with mortality in a prospective cohort study of 71,431 middle-aged Chinese men. Baseline data were obtained during 1990-1991. The follow-up evaluation was completed in January, 2006. Annual average PM exposure between 1990 and 2005, including TSP and PM10, were estimated by linking fixed-site monitoring data with residential communities. We found significant associations between PM10 and mortality from cardiopulmonary diseases; each 10 g/m(3) PM10 was associated with a 1.6% (95%CI: 0.7%, 2.6%), 1.8% (95%CI: 0.8%, 2.9%) and 1.7% (95%CI: 0.3%, 3.2%) increased risk of total, cardiovascular and respiratory mortality, respectively. For TSP, we observed significant associations only for cardiovascular morality. These data contribute to the scientific literature on long-term effects of particulate air pollution for high exposure settings typical in developing countries.

published proceedings

  • Environ Pollut

altmetric score

  • 4.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, M., Liu, Y., Wang, L., Kuang, X., Xu, X., & Kan, H.

citation count

  • 122

complete list of authors

  • Zhou, Maigeng||Liu, Yunning||Wang, Lijun||Kuang, Xingya||Xu, Xiaohui||Kan, Haidong

publication date

  • March 2014