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Letter: Please spare us from wood-fire smoke

Original post made on Nov 21, 2008

It's been nice to have a little rain lately. I especially enjoy going for late afternoon walks to enjoy the fall colors and the clean wet smell.

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Posted by Shirley
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm

It's disheartening to hear yet another story about the foul stench of wood smoke. When are people going to realize what they are doing to others and to the environment when they spew contaminated smoke into the air that all have to breathe?
Poor air quality and pollution is a serious problem that requires the cooperation and effort of every Canadian. Just one important contributor to air pollution is often ignored. Residential wood burning produces fine particles and gases that contain a multitude of toxic substances and carcinogens.
Wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than tobacco smoke and is 12 times more likely to cause cancer than the same amount of tobacco smoke, according to J. Lewis-USEPA.
Fireplaces are ineffective in heating a home, and only a few hours of wood burning in a single home can drastically raise fine particle concentrations in dozens of surrounding homes throughout the neighbourhood. None of us are protected from this toxic smoke.
Burning wood and allowing it to foul the air of your neighbours is a rude and unnecessary assault on the senses of your neighbours. It causes many people, especially the young, the elderly and those with respiratory problems to be put in great physical danger.
Burning wood is a costly and filthy affront to all that are invaded by it. Exposure to the smoke is extremely uncomfortable and causes burning eyes, dry and sore throat, irritation of the nasal passages, cardiovascular system damage, causes some types of cancer and brain damage, headaches, and allergic reactions, among other symptoms.
When smoke is prevalent in the area, people cannot open their windows for fresh air, because there is none. They cannot enjoy their own property due to the stench. Everyone should be able to relax in their own homes without the fear that they are being contaminated by toxic smoke. It is an environmental right of all people.
Please visit for more information regarding the dangers of wood smoke.
This affront to the health of everyone has got to be stopped.

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Posted by Squirrely
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm

"Poor air quality and pollution is a serious problem that requires the cooperation and effort of every Canadian."

So I guess that lets us Americans off the hook.