Clean air supporters are grateful to Brian Moench, MD for his strong, unwavering stand for the full protection of everyone’s right to breathe healthy, smoke-free air everywhere and at all times.
In 2015, an important wood burning ban was considered in Utah. This proposed ban, which would have helped to protect public health and air quality in that state, is also one that the hearth industry’s largest lobby group, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) was instrumental in blocking.
Dr. Moench’s pro-clean air, anti-pollution position, expressed in the 2015 quote below, is based on science and a public health perspective, and his advocacy for clean air sets a high standard to which all government departments and health and environmental groups, including all Lung Association/Lung Foundation chapters, would do well to aspire.
The wood burning ban issue is very simple. If you are a cheerleader for wood burning then your position stems from one of two things. One–you don’t believe the overwhelming science that reveals how deadly it is to yourself, all your neighbors, and to the community at large. Two–you believe that regardless of the science, you have an inherent right to do whatever you want, regardless of the harm to other people, as long as it is convenient, pleasing or saves you money. So all you wood burners, which is it? By the way, the only way that burning wood saves you money is if you put no monetary value whatsoever on your own health.”