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Let’s list the ways this practice is harmful to communities.

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:44 pm

Readers Write: (Aug. 15): Fire pits
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Let’s list the ways this practice is harmful to communities.

The article “Back-yard fire pits don’t have to be money pits” (Aug. 13) was a sales pitch that failed to tell the facts about back-yard fires. First, wood smoke is not green; it produces harmful particle pollution, which is more carcinogenic than cigarettes and stays in the air longer. Second, wood smoke is considered combustion pollution, which is one of the causes of climate change. Third, summer wood smoke produces ozone, which is harmful to public health. Fourth, it harms neighbors with asthma and COPD as well as babies who are just developing their respiratory systems. Fifth, back-yard fires create great division among neighbors.

How can city officials possibly ignore the effects on public health as ozone levels climb, and meanwhile wood-burning pizza ovens and restaurants located near residential areas and back-yard fires, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department, have increased by 80 percent in the last four years. One in 12 children suffers from asthma in Minneapolis, and wood smoke can be a huge trigger. Rather than selling the idea of more back-yard fires, public officials should be banning outdoor fires in residential urban areas to protect public health.

Carol Dines, Minneapolis

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http://www.startribune.com/opinion/lett ... 17771.html
• 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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