AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION STATE OF THE AIR 2010

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AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION STATE OF THE AIR 2010

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:48 pm

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION STATE OF THE AIR 2010
http://www.lungusa.org/assets/documents ... t-2010.pdf

This is a comprehensive report, and is packed with information, including the latest research on air pollution.
There is even a recommendation on wood burning:

What needs to be done to get healthy air: What you can do

Don’t burn wood or trash. Burning firewood and trash
are among the largest sources of particles in many parts of
the country. If you must use a fireplace or stove for heat,
convert your woodstoves to natural gas, which has far
fewer polluting emissions. Compost and recycle as much as
possible and dispose of other waste properly; don’t burn it.
Support efforts in your community to ban outdoor burning
of construction and yard wastes. Avoid the use of outdoor
hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood boilers, which
are often much more polluting than woodstoves.
• 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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