Health effects exposure to particles from wood smoke

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Health effects exposure to particles from wood smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:44 pm

Health effects assessment of exposure to particles from wood smoke ... lt_eng.htm ... -770-5.pdf

Based on an extensive literature survey the reports concludes that particles from wood smoke should
be considered as harmful to health and that effects from these particles can not be considered as less
severe compared to ambient air particles in general or diesel particles. In DK there is about 551,000
wood stoves and 48,000 wood boilers and the particle emission from these sources make up the most
dominant source of particle emission in DK. It is estimated that this emission contributes to an annual
increased PM2.5 level of 0.6 microgram/m³. From the dose-response relationships used by the WHO
and EU it can be estimated that this increased level is associated with an annual increase in mortality
of about 200 extra deaths, about 160 extra cases of hospital admissions due to respiratory diseases,
and about 60 new cases of chronic bronchitis in the DK.
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