How Can We Reduce Wood Smoke and Improve Air Quality?

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How Can We Reduce Wood Smoke and Improve Air Quality?

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:31 pm

How Can We Reduce Wood Smoke and Improve Air Quality?
Posted Date: 4/24/2015

We all know the quality of the air we breathe is important. According to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), concentrations of fine particulates can increase in the winter, making our air unhealthy.

Last November, the Hillsboro City Council passed a resolution encouraging citizens to voluntarily reduce the amount of smoke they produce, much of which comes from wood and debris burning. You may have learned about this when you discovered an informational piece hanging on your door, or read the insert about air quality in the January/February edition of the City Views newsletter.

Our community is still working hard to address this serious public health issue and we would like to know your ideas about how to reduce air pollution from wood smoke. To make it easy for you to share your perspective, we have developed a short online survey at

When you take the short survey, you can sign up to receive updates about wood smoke as we work toward solutions to ensure our air is clean year-round. Your input is important, and we hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us at

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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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