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letter Dec 2016

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:02 pm

To the editor:

I would like to draw your attention to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health a year ago that concluded pollution from wood burning fireplaces in New England during the winter is endangering our health.

Since any increase in fine particulate matter levels result in increased death rates, it means our all of us must rethink our attitudes toward wood burning. We can no longer afford to regard the smell of wood smoke as something evocative, nostalgic or natural. The science is not subject to debate: if someone is burning wood, they are shortening the lives of their neighbors.

John Newberry
Beverly Farms

http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/letter ... 3292e.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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