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Dubuque's lack of concern something in the air

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:43 pm

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Letter: Dubuque's lack of concern something in the air


What if I told you that something that plenty of people in Dubuque do that's 12 times more likely to cause cancer than the same amount of cigarette smoke and damages your body 40 times longer?

It shares 31 chemicals with cigarettes, 37 chemicals are defined hazardous by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and 28 are defined hazardous by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

What if I told you it damages your children's lungs just to be around it? You'd probably be ready to go and get up in arms and want this banned, right?

Apparently not, considering that every weekend plenty of Dubuquers do this.

With no care about what it's doing to themselves, their kids, their neighbors or the disabled. For people with cancer, this can be extremely dangerous because the particles carry bacteria that can make someone with a weakened immune system severely sick.

These particles don't just sit around you but can raise fine particle concentrations in dozens of surrounding homes throughout the neighborhood and cause polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon concentrations higher than 2,000 ng/m3.

So what's this thing that's worse than cigarettes? The answer may shock you.

It's wood smoke from your beloved fire pits.

Now if Dubuque was actually Sustainable/Accessible, they would look at regulating them. Why? Most chemicals in wood smoke are heavier than air and tend to sit in the valley.

What about people's "right" to burn? Well, that comes in way under someone's right to breathe.

http://www.thonline.com/mobile_new/opin ... fd27a.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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