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Ban leaf blowers, wood smoke at same time

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:27 am

Ban leaf blowers, wood smoke at same time
Thu, Dec 17


I completely agree with Jeff Mark (“Bring on the leaf sucker,” Dec. 3) and Debra J. Sarver (“Let’s ban gas-powered leaf blowers,” Dec. 10) about banning gas-powered leaf blowers for all the reasons they cite: noise, waste of resources, pollution and health hazards for those with asthma.

And while we are at it, how about banning wood smoke from our residential and commercial areas, for some of the very same reasons — creating a public health hazard and an environmental toxin contributing to climate change. The city of Carmel just banned fire rings on the beach because the mayor and a local elected official had the guts to acknowledge that the science is in, wood smoke is a carcinogen.

Wood smoke triggers asthma, harms young children’s lungs and can lead to heart issues and cancer. If we can ban cigarettes on Park Street, which are actually less toxic than wood smoke, can we please do the same for Alameda residents who just want to breathe clean air in their homes and when they shop?

No one in Alameda needs to use gas-powered leaf blowers, there are alternatives. No one needs to burn wood to cook in their backyards, or warm their homes by burning wood. There are alternatives. People need to be able to breathe, however, no choice in that. Using gas-powered leaf blowers is a lifestyle choice, it is not a necessity. Cooking or heating with wood, inside or outdoors, in residential or commercial areas is a lifestyle choice, it is not a necessity. Breathing is not a lifestyle choice, it is a necessity.

Noelle Robbins

• 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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