Health effects of wood smoke

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Health effects of wood smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:45 pm

Health effects of wood smoke

Burning wood produces an array of harmful chemicals. Carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, formaldehyde and at least 100 other compounds that damage indoor and outdoor air are given off when wood is burned.

Wood smoke creates tiny particles of material commonly known as particulate matter. These particles get inhaled into our lungs. Breathing wood smoke can increase cardiovascular problems such as angina, irritate lungs and eyes, trigger headaches, hinder judgment, slow reflexes and worsen respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.

While wood smoke harms us all, it’s especially harmful to babies, children, pregnant women, their unborn children and the elderly. About 5 percent of the Denver area's wintertime brown cloud is caused by wood smoke.

source ... wood-smoke
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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