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Wood smoke affects health, environment

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:22 pm

Wood smoke affects health, environment
Windsor Star / Published: Monday, October 20, 2008

It's that time of year when the air turns crisp, leaves fall and thoughts turn to winter. It's also the time
of year some people dread, knowing the foul stench of wood smoke is about to invade their homes.

Poor air quality and pollution is a serious problem that requires the effort of every Canadian. One important
contributor to air pollution is ignored. Residential wood burning produces fine particles and gases that
contain a multitude of toxins and carcinogens.

Wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than tobacco smoke and is 12 times more
likely to cause cancer than the same amount of tobacco smoke, according to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.

Fireplaces are ineffective in heating a home, and only a few hours of wood burning can raise fine particle
concentrations in surrounding homes. None are protected from this toxic smoke.

Burning wood and allowing it to foul the air is rude and unnecessary. It causes many, especially the
young, elderly and those with respiratory problems to be put in physical danger.

There is no need to behave as if you love in the wild west, when it was a necessity. Exposure to the
smoke is uncomfortable and causes burning eyes, dry throats, nasal passage irritation, cardiovascular
system damage and can causes some types of cancer.

When smoke is prevalent, people cannot open their windows for fresh air, because there is none.
Everyone should be able to relax in their own homes without fear they are being contaminated by
toxic smoke. It is an environmental right.

Do all you can to prevent environmental and health problems. Please don't burn. Let's make this an
environmentally safe season for all.


source © The Windsor Star 2008
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