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Join forces against smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:42 pm

Join forces against smoke

By James Rowed, The Times January 15, 2013

Dear Editor,

I would like to work with John Kelly [Smoke filling neighbourhood, Jan. 10 Letters, TIMES] to present a workable solution to the regional district.

Last winter I was so sick with asthma from Christmas smoke in my neighbourhood that I ended up on six weeks of prednisone, never mind the eight inhalations of cortico-steriods a day.

I started a neighbourhood education campaign, and so far, even in snow and even at Christmas, there has been no fireplace smoke in my immediate neighbourhood.

It is important folks know that a three-hour open fireplace burn is the equivalent of smoking 240 packs of cigarettes in your backyard during the same period.

Metro Vancouver has the mandate to regulate point-source pollution, including wood-smoke emissions. The time has come to do so.

There are readily available technologies and strategies available to governments, the heating (and wood burn) industries, and to individual homeowners which will significantly reduce wood smoke.

What is missing is a coordinated strategy and the political leadership to invoke change.

I have been assured by Vancouver City Councillor Heather Deal that this item would be dealt with this winter. I hope that she is true to her word.

James Rowed, Vancouver

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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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