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Stop deliberate ambient smoke at the source
There is no other way to fix our toxic health problems.
Landmark decision to protect present and future generations:
Judge Hill in Washington State recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Rights.
Announces it is the Washington Department of Ecology's Legal Duty to Protect Atmosphere
for Present and Future Generations.
World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines are currently under revision
with an expected publication date in 2020.
"Particulate pollution is the most important contaminant in our air...We
know that when levels go up people die." - Joel Schwartz, Harvard
School of Public Health, E Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2002.
"There has got to be an understanding that people who complain about smoke
have a legitimate case, the medical science is on their side now." - Professor David
Bowman, Tasmania. ABC News Feb. 20, 2012. And,
achieve fuel management with burning, fuel management can be achieved with
“...you don’t necessarily get away from air pollution by being further from the
sources” - Helen ApSimon, professor of air pollution studies at Imperial College
e.g. Australia's January 2020 bush fire smoke covered parts of New Zealand.
"Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths." - IARC 17/10/2013.
carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
After thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, world leading experts
convened by the IARC Monographs Programme concluded that there is sufficient evidence
that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer (Group 1). They also noted a
positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was evaluated separately and
was also classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
Similar Group 1 carcinogens are asbestos, arsenic, formaldehyde, and mustard gas.
"Tragically only half of " all women diagnosed with lung cancer are alive one year after
"Lung cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 16 percent" - American Lung Association
"Air pollution is a "silent killer" and is unique in that it affects the entire population"
- Dr. Michael Brauer, professor, school of population and public health, University of
Wood smoke is primarily made up of particulate matter, i.e. PM2.5 and PM10.
The World Health Organisation's IARC has declared particulate matter as a class 1
carcinogen, just the same as arsenic, asbestos, formaldehyde and mustard gas to name a
Now you wouldn't breathe those in for any duration would you so why are you happy to
breathe deliberate wood smoke from any source?
It is up to you to speak up.
CHILDREN V. CLIMATE CRISIS
COMMUNICATION TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
“The science is incontrovertible: global warming is caused by human activities that emit
carbon dioxide (“CO2”) and other greenhouse gases (“GHG”)2 into the atmosphere of the
planet.3 Each day, the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, industrial processes, and
agriculture add hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, where it will remain for
centuries. There is now more CO2 in the atmosphere than at any time in the past 800,000
Burning causes a flamable landscape.
The more you burn the more you will have to burn.
Bushfires, wildfires, plannedburns, prescribed fire convert our landscape to be fire
tolerant. It is the fire loving plants that come back. Others sometimes never come back!
These fires must be jumped on quickly with sufficient resources to completely put
them out in their infancy .
Exposure to air pollution increases violent crime rates, study finds
The team found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behaviour.
Nearly all the fire on earth has been ignited by humans.
At its core, wildfire is a human problem.
Fire Centre Research Hub
When there is ambient smoke you must look at ways to protect your health.
Wood smoke is primarily made up of particulates, chemical vapours, and gases.
Chemical vapours and gases can come from the wood burning process or from chemicals applied to the ground.
NOTE: The P2 3M-8210 or 3M-8110s 'pandemic' filters being handed out from the Government National Medical stockpile (for influenza) do not have a carbon filter. They are not for use on the fire ground or where bushfire smoke contains the usual chemical vapours or gases.
NOTE - Where there is a hazard of both gas/vapours and particulates, both types of filters must be used.
3M 9923V respirator
3M 6075 A1 Form
for bushfire smoke
Where ever you are in the world you need clean air to breathe.
When you can't breathe nothing else matters.
P2 or N95 Particulate filters on their own will not remove gases, chemicals or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). And,
Activated-carbon filters on their own will not remove fine particulates.
This is why the respirator you use for bushfire smoke should have both a carbon filter for the gases and a P2 filter for the particulates.
3M recommends their 9923V model for bushfire smoke.
Disclaimer: People reading health related information on cleanairtas.com should work out what is best for them and act accordingly.
BEWARE: Not all P2 respirators are the same!
Not all masks are suitable for smoke &
Not all masks give protection against viruses
Go HERE to read important information about COVID-19
or continue on to read all about the harm of wood smoke.
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Cleanairtas acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.