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Doctors and Scientists Against Wood Smoke Pollution

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:36 pm

Doctors and Scientists Against Wood Smoke Pollution
By Alma Hyslop
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:07:51 EDT PM

As the weather warms and the smoggy air of FIRE PIT SEASON descends on southwestern Ontario, anyone concerned with local air quality might wish to have a look at the website of the above organization.
At London's Community and Protective Services Committee meeting on April 25, most committee members made it clear that they were indifferent to
a) a mountain of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles documenting the dangers of wood smoke
b) the suffering of local residents forced to inhale toxins from recreational burning.
Backyard fire pits are illegal under the Ontario Fire Code. Municipalities have to do an end run around this provincial legislation by granting "permission", by passing their own Open Air Burning Bylaws, (thus demonstrating their indifference to air quality, human health, and global warming).
All members of London Council need to hear from concerned citizens ASAP.

• 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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