Article on wildfire smoke quotes Kleinman

In a January 9th Associated Press article on the effects of wildfire smoke, AirUCI faculty Mike Kleinman is quoted on his concerns about long-term health consequences of repeated exposure.  Studies of wildland firefighters also give insights into the risks of smoke inhalation from plants as well as toxins released in the burning of construction and household materials.  They’ve shown significantly higher rates of lung cancer and death from heart disease, according to Mike's research.  “It’s safe to say there will probably more effects at the long-term level,” he said.  “Especially if those events happened over a longer period of time or more repeatedly, there will be cumulative damage to the lung and heart which eventually will lead to chronic disease.”  Read the article

Thursday, January 9, 2020