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Wood smoke is dangerous to health

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:39 pm

OPINION

Wood smoke is

dangerous to health

Cold weather also brings with it the smell of wood smoke in the air. Although that familiar smell may conjure up warm, cozy thoughts, it represents the most toxic and harmful pollutant in suburbia today.

Wood smoke and fumes are highly carcinogenic. In fact, one hour of burning wood emits more benzene than 27,000 cigarettes and more formaldehyde than 6,000 cigarettes. Wood smoke also contains fine particulates that are so small they will invade the bloodstream and cause tissue and organ damage.

The American Lung Association has done research that proves that exposure to wood smoke is a direct cause of multiple respiratory illnesses, including cancer, and it has declared that there is no safe level of wood smoke to breathe.

It is time for elected officials to enact a complete ban on residential wood burning in all of its forms: wood stoves, chimineas, fire pits and even fireplaces. The homes are simply too close together in suburban areas to expose the neighborhood to such toxic pollutants. We have done a great job passing laws against cigarette smoking in public, limitation of vehicle emissions and control of pollutants spewed from factory smokestacks, yet we allow our back yards and homes to be polluted with wood smoke.

Natural gas is far cleaner and, believe it or not, cheaper than burning wood. Burning wood is simply an aesthetic luxury. All humans have a right to breathe clean air. Let's not continue to look the other way because our neighbors want to create ambiance or roast marshmallows.

This is clearly a public health threat, and it should always be illegal to smoke out your neighbor.

Susan Teschon
North Haledon

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinion ... _2012.html
• 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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