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Wood stoves bad for air and people's lungs

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:00 pm

Wood stoves bad for air and people's lungs
Published: 12:00 a.m., Saturday, January 1, 2011

I would like to comment on your entertaining article, "50 reasons to love winter in the Capital Region" (Dec. 17).

Reason 8 is something I can certainly agree with: "...I even don't mind shoveling. The brisk air can be very refreshing." But this is contradicted by Reason 13, "curling up in front of my roaring fireplace...".

I just went outside to get some refreshing brisk air, only to choke on the smoke coming out of our neighbor's wood stove. If the wind is not blowing toward him, the smoke hovers in the air all around our house, making it intolerable to shovel or do anything outside, or even to open doors.

Wood belongs in trees, paper, construction materials, furniture, etc. It does not belong in my lungs or the lungs of my loved ones.

A flier sent out recently by the American Lung Association gives 10 ways to help stay healthy. Among them is "Prevent air pollution... avoid burning wood or trash." Wood smoke is bad for lungs, heart and circulatory systems. Some communities around the country have banned wood stoves because air became unbreathable.

Burning wood is not the solution to the problem of burning fossil fuels. To reduce one's carbon footprint, alternative technologies need to be introduced. You don't solve one problem by introducing a worse one.

Think what it would be like if every house on your street had a wood stove belching smoke. For those who need to indulge their primal fascination with flames, using a fireplace very infrequently would be preferable to heating constantly with a wood stove.

Arnold Patashnick

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/artic ... 930930.php
• 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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