"Scientific studies confirm that wood smoke contains harmful particles that can trigger breathing problems, exacerbate asthma, and even cause lung and heart disease. The American Lung Association of California is a long-time advocate for controls on wood smoke pollution because everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air in their home and neighborhood. We appreciate the air district's efforts to provide flexibility and support to low-income families, people living in mountainous areas, and others affected by wood smoke."
– American Lung Association of California
"Clean Air Now welcomes Rule 445. This rule, adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, helps reduce harmful particulate matter in the air we breathe. As more and more studies continue to link all sizes of suspended particulates to pulmonary and cardio-vascular disease, the wisdom of this action will become more and more appreciated by the public. Also, there exists the technology that allows us to enjoy our fireplaces cleanly. We can have our cake and eat it too when it comes to Healthy Hearths."
– James J. Provenzano, President of Clean Air Now
"Our region faces an air pollution crisis. Cleaning the air requires cleaner equipment of all kinds – from trucks and power plants to paint and fireplaces. SCAQMD’s Healthy Hearths helps reduce the smoke that is a danger to our families, both indoors and out. You can still cozy up next to the fireplace while using the cleanest technologies in your home, keeping it as free from air pollution as possible."
– Martin Schlageter, Campaign Director of Coalition for Clean Air
"In a study funded by the SCAQMD, my colleagues and I evaluated the relationship of 40,856 cardio-respiratory hospital admissions to wildfire-related particulate matter (PM2.5) during catastrophic wildfires that struck Southern California in October 2003. As reported in an article in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we found during heavy smoke conditions of 70 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) PM2.5 there was an estimated 34% more hospital admissions for asthma, and similarly large increases in admissions for acute bronchitis, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Although indoor and outdoor concentrations of wood smoke from fireplaces are typically far less than those from wildfires, smoke from wood burning in homes contains the same harmful compounds as wildfire smoke."
– Dr. Ralph Delfino, Associate Professor of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine
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