Occupational Wood Smoke Exposure in Wildland Firefighters

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Occupational Wood Smoke Exposure in Wildland Firefighters

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:38 pm

https://digital.lib.washington.edu/rese ... sequence=1

Evaluation of PAH Metabolites as Biomarkers for Occupational Wood Smoke Exposure
in Wildland Firefighters

Spencer Birch

Exposure to wood smoke has been associated with lung cancer and other adverse health outcomes, and therefore it is a great health concern for those in developing parts of the world as well as developed nations.

Pyrene, naphthalene, fluorene, and phenanthrene are components of wood smoke and their metabolites have been frequently used as biomarkers of exposure to combustion emissions.

In this study, we explored the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) urinary metabolites to determine their effectiveness as biomarkers for wood smoke exposure.


https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/art ... 017-0303-8

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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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