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Smoke-free breathing

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:45 pm


Readers' Forum for April 30 - Marin Independent Journal
Smoke-free breathing

It was good to read in the IJ that the American Lung Association gave Marin County good grades for air quality.

The one exception was wood smoke from burning in fireplaces.

This is a deep concern of mine because it is a serious problem in my neighborhood of Eichler homes that have lower chimneys.

I did testify when Spare the Air days were proposed.

Heating with wood may be cheap, but it takes a toll. Gas inserts would be a great improvement.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District makes grants for improving air quality.

My suggestion is that they provide an incentive for conversion by offering no-interest loans. Carrots are better than sticks for solving some difficult problems.

Sue Beittel, San Rafael

• 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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