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Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:01 pm

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New standards for wood burners may not be enough to
prevent serious medical conditions, experts say.

Wood smoke red alert as health experts link heaters to heart disease, respiratory ills and cancer

DAVID BENIUK
Mercury
July 27, 2014 12:00AM

HEALTH experts are calling for tougher restrictions on wood heaters and backyard burn-offs as statistics show a wood heater can emit as much pollution in a year as 370 diesel cars.

New standards for wood burners may not be enough to prevent serious medical conditions, experts say.

Tasmanian authorities have backed Asthma Foundation NSW demands that Standards Australia bring the country into line on wood heaters.

They say wood heaters cause more air pollution than cars or tobacco smoking and are responsible for as much as 90 per cent of the air pollution in known hot spot Launceston.

An average new wood heater emits as much particle pollution, known as PM2.5, as 370 new diesel SUVs travelling 20,000km a year, according to Asthma Foundation NSW.

“We know from studies that people are going to emergency wards and it actually does end up killing a number of people too,” Asthma Foundation Tasmania spokesman Guy Dow-Sainter said.

Heart problems, respiratory disease and cancer have all been linked to wood-smoke pollution while Australian standards have not been upgraded in two decades, the foundation said.

It recommends the new standards, due for release soon, cut the current four grams of PM2.5 per kilo burned to 1.5g/kg to bring Australian regulations into line with international best practice.

Tasmania’s high reliance on wood heaters left it vulnerable to medical concerns, the Menzies Institute’s Dr Fay Johnston said.

“Tasmania has got very high wood-heater use and it’s got higher rates of the illnesses that are affected by wood smoke,” Dr Johnston said.

She said the state’s forestry sector should investigate smarter technology such as wood-based pellet fuel used in Scandinavian countries.

The Asthma Foundation said old wood heaters should be removed when houses are sold, only high-standard heaters installed and taxes and licences considered.

The Australian Home Heating Association said it had worked with Standards Australia to reduce emissions from 4g/kg to 2.5g/kg, a figure that would be revised down to 1.5g/kg in 2019.

david.beniuk@news.com.au

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http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/ ... 7002699813
• 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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