Thursday, November 4, 2010

Air Time: Learn Not to Burn

By Kendra Robinson-Harding, Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist, Eastern Region

Every time you light a campfire or burn leaves and sticks in your yard, you are releasing hundreds of air pollutants that can cause cancer and other health problems.

The tiny particles in wood smoke are especially dangerous to health. Because they are so small, our bodies’ natural defenses cannot filter them out.

Instead, we inhale them deep into our lungs, where they become lodged, causing reduced lung function, heart disease, and cancer. Our kids are especially at risk. Watch this video and visit our website for more information.

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