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Wood Stove Exchange Program
Wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution on the Sunshine Coast. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat such as propane or electricity.

The SCCAS is working to educate people about the serious health hazards of operating old wood stoves and fireplaces.

Health Concerns

The most dangerous material in wood smoke may be the fine particles that make up the smoke and soot. Many of these particles are toxic. Most are so small that, when you breathe them, they get past your body’s defences and go deep into your lungs. There, they can cause serious problems such as scarring of the lung tissue. Studies show that death rates in several U.S. cities increased when there were higher levels of fine particles in the air. Wood smoke is most dangerous to the health of infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with lung or heart disease. Some of the reasons wood smoke is such a serious problem are: