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Wood smoke warning issued to asthmatics

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:02 pm

Wood smoke warning issued to asthmatics
July 4, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

Asthmatics are being encouraged to take care to avoid smoke from wood fires as the temperature drops and the fire usage increases.

Dr Dean Wright from Narromine Shire Family Health Centre said smoke aggravated known asthmatics and those with respiratory conditions.

"Asthmatics should keep their emergency asthma plans up to date and be sure to have their medication in date and on them," Dr Wright said.

Wood heaters produce more pollution than either tobacco or motor vehicles during the winter months, according to the Asthma Foundation NSW.

Foundation CEO Michele Goldman said the average new wood heater in cold areas emitted as much pollution as 370 new diesel SUVs each travelling 20,000 km per year.

"The science is unequivocal. Wood smoke contains noxious gases, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, organic compounds and fine particles that go deep into the lungs and can cause heart, respiratory problems like asthma and cancer.

"In scientific testing wood smoke has been shown to be more hazardous than cigarette smoke," Ms Goldman said.

Asthma Foundation NSW are calling for the Federal Government to pass new legislation to remove existing heaters that do not meet a health-based standard, limit the emissions from new models and provide better education for those using wood burning stoves and assistance for people whose health has been impacted by wood smoke.

"The NSW Government has passed responsibility for this urgent and pressing health concern to ill-equipped local councils when it has a number of cost neutral options that could dramatically reduce winter pollution levels and drastically reduce the health bill," Ms Goldman said.

In regional centres such as Armidale, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) states wood heaters account for upwards of 80 per cent of pollution.

In Sydney, the NSW EPA calculates the estimated 83,000 wood heaters produce up to 73 per cent of the air pollution during winter, more than three times as much as motor vehicles.

http://www.narrominenewsonline.com.au/s ... s/?cs=1490
• 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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