Smoke & Burning

Smoke is a significant source of air pollution. It comes from both outdoor burning like land clearing fires and from indoor appliances like wood stoves and fireplaces. It is a serious health hazard and can cause road and air travel to be dangerously affected.

Breathing in the particulate matter in smoke causes many kinds of health effects, including heart and lung problems. Research has shown there is no lower threshold for the health effects of smoke.

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Smoke from wood heating can be reduced by using clean-burning practices and a clean-burning appliance. The Wood Stove Exchange Program provides a financial incentive to replace smoky old wood stoves with cleaner heating options such as heat pumps, gas stoves and EPA-certified wood stoves.

Burning is regulated by provincial and municipal laws and regulations.