Health effects of wood smoke

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Burning wood produces air pollutants including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, formaldehyde and tiny particles known as particulate matter, which can be inhaled into our lungs. Breathing wood smoke can increase cardiovascular problems such as angina, irritate lungs and eyes, trigger headaches, hinder judgment, slow reflexes and worsen respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Wood smoke is especially harmful to babies, children, pregnant women, their unborn children and the elderly.