State of the Air 2017

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State of the Air 2017

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:10 pm

State of the Air 2017

Wood smoke is a major contributor to air pollution in B.C., and – similar to vehicle emissions – its health effects are detrimental to humans. Wood smoke contains fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), which can cause chronic and acute respiratory and cardiac diseases, especially among children and the elderly. It is for this reason that we devote much of the 2017 State of the Air Report to wood smoke.

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• 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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