2010 April 18: ME: Maine EPA Wants to Remind You That Wood Smoke Is Carcinogenic.
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|NNadir (1000+ posts)||Sun Apr-18-10 07:43 PM
|Maine EPA Wants to Remind You That Wood Smoke Is Carcinogenic.|
Edited on Sun Apr-18-10 07:45 PM by NNadir
…There is a myth that because it is ‘natural’ wood burning has little impact on health. Another myth is that it is less harmful than other home heating fuels. The information below and on the ‘Health Effects of Wood Smoke’ page refutes these myths…
…Wood smoke contains harmful chemical substances such as: carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dioxin, and inhalable particles. Some of the VOCs are irritating, toxic, and/or cancer causing. Toxic air pollutants are a potentially important component of wood smoke. A group of air toxics found in smoke known as polycyclic organic matter includes potential carcinogens such as benzo(a)pyrene.
One of the biggest threats to human health from wood smoke, indoors or outdoors, comes from particle pollution. Particle pollution is emitted from the combustion of any fuel, however on these pages we will focus on particle pollution caused by burning wood. Particle pollution from wood burning is composed of wood tars, soot, and ashes, some of which are harmful or toxic…
Bold, referring to "myths" is mine.
Well, it’s a myth one might hold if one doesn’t know any science, but if one has a passing familiarity with science, one wouldn’t countenance the "myth" at all.
By the way, there’s nothing "potential" about the carcinogenicity. One of these days I’ll reference a paper from my files, from the medical journal Lancet that shows that many kinds of wood smoke are far more carcinogenic than tobacco smoke.