Feb 07 2012

The New South Wales Asthma Foundation has welcomed the release of a new report that identifies smoke from wood fires as being the largest contributor to air-borne pollution in winter, which is predicted to add eight billion dollars to the New South Wales health budget by 2030. 

Very small particles released in wood smoke can lodge in the lower respiratory tract and lungs, may trigger asthma attacks and in the long term may lead to other serious health problems. 

And with the rising cost of electricity, more people are relying on wood fires to keep warm in the winter months. 

The Asthma Foundation says that a tax on wood or heaters would not solve the problem, and closer regulation is the key.

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