Wood Smoke Is Pollution

Wood burning is a major source of harmful air pollution in many communities.


When wood is burned, even in newer certified wood stoves, it creates localized particulate pollution hot spots and releases surprisingly high levels of harmful toxins such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene and dioxins into our environment. Wood smoke shares many of the same toxic chemical compounds as tobacco smoke, but evidence suggests it may be even more harmful.

A growing body of research clearly shows that wood smoke pollution increases the risk of serious health outcomes including asthma, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and dementia.


As a society, we made a choice that people must not be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke against their will. Given what we now know, it is time to extend this attitude to wood smoke.