Smoke and winter fog makes a nasty mixture which we call
smog! Its not very nice to breathe
in, and it can have serious affects on your health, particularly if you have
a lung condition.
The Tasmanian Branch of The Australian Lung Foundation is
involved in a community campaign to help reduce the incidence of wood smoke
pollution and the harmful effects it can have on our health.
A study of air pollution in Tasmaniaís Tamar Valley from
1991 to 1994 found high levels of particle pollution in winter, giving the city
of Launceston even higher levels than industrial and urban centres like
Newcastle, Dandenong and Port Pirie. In
the Tamar Valley 96% of the airborne particle pollution was caused by burning
This problem is not confined to Tasmania.
There are other pockets of serious air pollution in other southern
Australian states, especially in populated valleys where wood is used for home
The campaign currently running in Tasmania has some lessons
for us all.
Firstly, if you canít avoid using wood for home heating: