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wood smoke a big contributor to ongoing air quality issues

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:30 pm

Island Health says wood smoke a big contributor to ongoing air quality issues

Sean Eckford — November 23, 2015

The Cowichan Valley is facing some serious issues when it comes to air quality.

Island Health’s Dr. Paul Hasselback laid out the problem recently for North Cowichan Council.

He says particulate matter levels in the Valley frequently peak above provincial standards, and a lot of it comes down to people burning wood.

Hasselback – the medical health officer for the region – says poor air quality can cause serious health issues for children and the elderly… as well as for people with breathing or heart conditions.

He says local governments need to work together to deal with the problem.

http://www.mycowichanvalleynow.com/9792 ... ty-issues/
• 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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