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Ban wood burning?

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:22 pm

Ban wood burning?

Re "Expert paints bleak air pollution picture to children's asthma group" (Press-Telegram, July 17):

It's interesting to note that smoke was first noticed as a carcinogen in chimney sweeps in 1775. We have learned nothing from that, as backyard fire pits are readily available at Long Beach home improvement stores. It is not uncommon for our windows and doors to be open on a warm evening and have our neighbors light up the fire around 9:30 p.m. This results in a smoke-filled house with little recourse. Even if we shut the house up and turn on the air conditioning and air purifier, smoke still seeps in. The city has banned smoking in parks and beaches, but still permits the unhealthy practice of wood burning. The EPA estimates that a single fireplace operating for an hour and burning 10 pounds of wood will generate 4,300 times more carcinogens than 30 cigarettes. Let's start with a ban on the sale of outdoor fire pits and work from there to educate citizens on the health effects of wood smoke.

- Greg Korte, Long Beach

source ... ly-23-2012
• 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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