"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
How are you exposed to wood smoke? (with personal stories)
Tables and Charts there is a more extensive list (Wood Burning Table List)
Burning Issues Monitoring
"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.
San Francisco Area Charts:
Particulate Sources of PM10 and PM-2.5 in the San Francisco Bay area. This material was supplied by Dr. Wayne Ott (1998).
Wood Smoke Pollution