"Who is suffering? The asthmatic or his environment? And what precisely is the nature of his suffering?"
Aaron Lask, Asthma: Attitude and Milieu
"The smoke from burning coal and wood contains substances which are harmful to human health. In residential neighborhoods, emissions from domestic chimneys become mixed with the air which many people have no choice but to breathe in. The toxins damage the cardiovascular system, cause pulmonary disease, cause certain types of cancer, damage unborn children, cause brain damage and bring on asthma attacks." Simon Francais, UK
"We have learned, that strengthening our ability to solve disease problems, involves the paradox involved in strengthening ourselves... that is... our independence as both people and countries, is achieved through consenting to interdependence."
- Dr. William Foege, Gates Fellow
Why, when, and where is wood smoke a problem? (including California trends)
How are you exposed to wood smoke? (with personal stories)
Tables and Charts there is a more extensive list (Wood Burning Table List)
"The data clearly shows that particulate concentrations increase most rapidly in the early evening and that the highest concentrations occur in the late evening, after 11 PM. This clearly suggests that the particulates are generated by non industrial and non automotive sources." Mary J. Rozenberg
Effect of a single burner
Average of Los Altos PM 2.5 pollution by time of day and day of week showing business versus personal choice pollution.
Particulate Sources of PM10 and PM-2.5 in the San Francisco Bay area. This material was supplied by Dr. Wayne Ott (1998).
The problem is going to get worse : CA Emissions Predictions 2010
Percent of Wood Smoke Around the Nation
in The Puget Sound-Seattle Area