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Postby Wilberforce » Fri May 09, 2014 9:25 pm

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It’s never good to flunk something, but Helena did last week when the American Lung Association announced annual air quality grades.

The culprit here is wildfires. Wood stoves were also named as a problem, but city officials can have some control over wood smoke pollution. Not much we can do about some wildfire burning in Utah, Idaho or Nevada that pumps smoke into central Montana. Unfortunately, smoky summers are becoming too common. The reasons are debatable, but there’s no doubt that wildfires are burning larger and more intensely than ever. Perhaps this winter’s snowpack will help us catch a break from wildfire smoke this summer.

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• 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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