The article aimed to update scientific literature information about respiratory health effects caused by sugarcane burning, considering the expansion of sugarcane plantations in Brazil and in the state of São Paulo. Articles published between 1996 and 2006, which deal with the health effects of sugarcane burning and/or air pollutants originating from this burning, were discussed. These studies suggest that part of the population - especially the elderly, children and asthmatics - suffers health effects of sugarcane burning. As a result, these people require health care, thus affecting health services and their families.
Combustion; Saccharum; Air Pollutants; Respiratory Tract Diseases; Agricultural Zones; Review