Asthma randomized trial of indoor wood smoke

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Asthma randomized trial of indoor wood smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:22 pm

Asthma randomized trial of indoor wood smoke (ARTIS): Rationale and methods ?
Noonan, et al
In many rural communities located in cold weather climates, use of a wood stove for
residential home heating is common. Residential wood smoke is an important source of
indoor PM, and this study has the potential to yield important information regarding the
health of asthmatic children living in homes containing wood stoves and strategies for
effective exposure reductions strategies. Intriguing parallels can be drawn between this
study and current global efforts to reduce indoor biomass combustion exposures among
children in developing countries. In both developed and developing country
settings, the introduction of improved stove technologies alone may not yield sufficient or
consistent reductions in indoor biomass smoke exposures. A greater
understanding of the behavioral, social, economic and technological aspects of these
interventions may help to optimize exposure reductions and health improvements. In
summary, this intervention trial will provide substantial power to assess health outcomes
changes resulting from reductions in wood smoke exposures among asthmatic children, a
population that is vulnerable to PM-related health effects. We will be able to evaluate
clinically relevant outcomes of the planned intervention and ultimately to assess the efficacy
of incorporating this intervention into future multifaceted public health strategies for
susceptible children.


Residential and Non-Residential Biomass Combustion: Impacts on Air Quality
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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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